In formation this month we got into an interesting discussion about visions. Some people in our group have seen many visions and others have had none. I only recall ever having two. The first vision is still as clear as day even though I was only preschool or kindergarten age at the time. I was in the living room of my grandparents home sitting on the couch watching TV. My grandmother was doing dishes in the kitchen. The layout of the house was such that I could see into the kitchen from where I was sitting. A bright shining light came in through the window by the kitchen sink, flew through the kitchen, into the living room and out through the living room window. I sat there in awe of this light that I was convinced was Jesus Christ. I don't really know why I thought that it was Jesus, but I was definitely sure that it was and I had no qualms about telling everyone about this vision. The second vision was during my retreat at Broom Tree which I previously posted about.
I have had far more experiences where I have heard His voice or just had a feeling that I had to do something. For example, one morning I woke up with the overwhelming feeling that I had to go to Mass that day. There wasn't anything particularly special about that day, but it turned out that the homily was exactly what I needed to hear.
I would love to hear what your experience has been with visions or other encounters with God. Did your vision effect a change in you or were you directed to do something for God. Please post them in the comment box.