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Encountering the Holy Spirit

By Kendra Clarke

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
(Numbers 23:19)

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26).

On Thursday, January 29, 2016 at around 12:42 a.m., I had a follow-up encounter with the Holy Spirit. In the previous night’s dream, the Holy Spirit walked past me and right on out of the hotel room. In this dream,  I was in a huge well-lit room with no furniture. I was looking straight ahead when then out of no where the Holy Spirit appeared in my peripheral vision far at a distance. My natural instincts, out of fear, would have been to scream or to run away, but because I remembered what my friend had told me about the Holy Spirit from my dream the night before, I stayed quiet and remained still. The Spirit then started to move forward in a straight line still off at a distance and then I woke up. I thought, “What in the world!”  Then I closed my eyes again and the Spirit appeared only this time, it was directly in front of me, though still at a distance. It began to move forward and once again, I woke up. I couldn’t believe what was happening, but I closed my eyes yet again and the Spirit came to me. It was close enough to touch me as He lingered around my left side closer to my chest or heart and you already know, I woke up again. Remarkably, I closed my eyes and the dream continued as the Spirit was still there. I forced myself not to run or move, scream or yell. I remained still and He was upon me. I felt as though He could see right through me and all fear subsided. I broke down and asked, “Holy Spirit, please show me what to do” and then I then felt warmth, enveloped and comforted as if His arms were around me embracing me. I opened my eyes and the dream was over. What a night!

Post Encounter with the Holy Spirit

The next morning I couldn’t wait until the evening to call my friend to tell her about the encounter with the Holy Spirit, so when I had arrived at work I gave her a call. Initially, we began to speak about a family issue which lasted for quite a while. Then I began to discuss my dream after which she reassured me that it was a good dream indeed, because in that in the dream, I surrendered. Shortly after she said it, a phone call came through at 9:03 a.m. It was a Washington, DC number so my eyes lit up because I had applied for a job in DC on December 18, 2015. I told my friend of the possibility of that being a call for an interview and she responded, “You better answer that call because it could be related to your transition”. After hanging up with my friend, I listened to my voice message and received my confirmation. It had been a call to schedule an interview for Monday, February 1, 2016, which I called back to lock-in as soon as possible.  I arrived early that morning and had to wait a little while before my interview would get underway.  I interviewed with three ladies, one of which had been the one that called to schedule the interview. It lasted about 30-40 minutes and I was surprised at how at ease I felt during the interview.

After the Interview

After my interview was over, they promptly asked me to provide references and a writing sample. As I was being escorted out by the woman who had called to schedule the interview (I’ll call her Mrs. P.), she said something like, “That was a nice interview!” I was so encouraged and couldn’t help feeling that this was it. Understand, that I had applied for this same job two years ago, had interviewed for the position only to have the job announcement cancelled. I was disappointed yes, but it was o.k. because later that year, I would end up in a new position paying me what the job I didn’t get, would have paid. God is good! Getting back to 2016, I learned during this interview, that the reason the announcement had been closed in 2014 was due to a hiring freeze… Imagine that! I provided my references and writing sample the same day of the interview and on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, I had another dream only this time it involved Mrs. P. I can’t remember where we were but it looked like we were in a work environment. She would at some point during my dream, lean over and whisper in my ear, “You will hear something by next week” but she said it as though it would be good news. My friend confirmed that the job was indeed mine. Though the process took a little while, on April 18, 2016, I began a new leg of my journey as my dream came to fruition. I do not know what the future has in store, but one thing I know for sure, is that God will be there every step of the way. He speaks and is speaking; all we need do, is to listen, to trust and to obey Him.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

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