God is a spiritual relative about whom we’ve only distantly heard
But never actually met.
We do know that, one day, we’ll have an encounter
But it’ll be a surprise:
One example might be in a dream:
We’re deboarding a train
And notice someone in the passing crowd who looks familiar –
The resemblance to our first love so remarkable
That we can never forget it.
Meeting God “face to face” would have to be something like this –
An individual resurrection experience –
Similar to when the disciples didn’t know who they were talking to –
And only figured it out later.
Yes, sometimes our first encounter with God is in an oblique way –
We meet, and then instantly forget it’s happened –
The proof not in a wound we’re able to plunge a hand into –
But the reverse –
When we sense a gentle hand entering our own body –
Delicately touching our heart –
And spilling “life” out of us –
Yes, sometimes, God can enter us through a dream –
If we’re interested enough
To remember when it happens.