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In 2 Kings 6, Elisha prays that God would “allow my servant to see heavenly realities”. The Lord then awakens Elisha’s servant so that he could see. We are all invited by our loving Heavenly Father to see and experience these same realities. “Journey Through the Door” is a 31 day devotional empowering you into a deeper experience with Father God and His Kingdom. In this short book, Dani shares thirty-one of her own encounters in the heavenly realm as an invitation for you to walk through the door into your own heavenly experiences. If we are believers in the Lord Jesus, we will go to heaven one day but seeing into the heavenly realm is a gift that we can enjoy now, on this side of eternity, as well. This book exposes the fear that wants to hold us back from journeying through the door and reminds us that our Father only gives good gifts. Will you say yes to the invitation and the gift?
At first I didn’t know where we were, I just know Jesus and I were walking and eating hotdogs. Then the view opened up and I saw that we were walking through what was like a county fair. For a while, we were just walking through the fairgrounds, eating our hotdogs, chatting about who knows what. Then He led me to the door of one of the buildings, we walked in together. It was the horse stable. Only as we walked into the huge stable, it became an even bigger open pasture. We watched the horses as they galloped around, playing in the wide field. Though we stood on the edge of the field, it was as if we had a close up camera view of the horses as they ran. We could see their eyes, the way their manes blew in the wind. I could only think that this wasn’t an earthly place. After watching the horses for a while, we continued our walk through the grounds. The next building Jesus led me into was full of rabbits. Like 4-H kids would show at a county fair. Only these were no ordinary rabbits. There were huge! And fluffy! And when Jesus held one in His arms and then let it go to hop away, it leaped about 15 foot! We enjoyed watching the rabbits hop around for a while – no cages in here. Then we continued our walk.
I saw a bed, with smoke rising up from it. No, it wasn’t a bed. It was an altar. And we – Jesus and I – were in the Throne Room, before the Father. We were standing before this altar. It was my altar. And actually there were rows and rows of altars. But it really didn’t matter what was happening at the others, we were here in front of mine. I could see piles of gifts on my altar. Many were wrapped like presents but others were just things thrown on my altar. I asked Jesus questions, He answered them.
This was the altar where I have been throwing my sacrifices to the Father. I receive things, gifts, and then the idea is to throw them back onto the altar before the Father. The amazing thing was that the gifts on the altar actually rose and disappeared in the smoke but a while later another gift would appear and rain down onto me out of the smoke. It was like a cycle; give what I had to the Lord, He takes it and then rains more down on me. I thought of the verse* that says, “To him who has, more will be given,” a verse that up until recently has always confused me. But lately I have been getting more revelation into what it means.
I noticed that around the other altars people had gifts, some put the gifts up on the altar and the cycle of receiving would go into play. But others would just hold their gift, not willing to part with it. Ironically, the gift would disappear or ‘melt’ within their hands. They lost it anyway. In this place, you cannot hold onto things too long before you lose them. “To those who do not have, even what they do have will be taken away.”*
We stayed and watched this cycle take place for awhile. Then Jesus took my hand and said that the process would go on, I didn’t have to be standing at my altar to engage in the process. I wasn’t exactly sure how it worked but heavenly realms are different than what we know on earth. And so we ran to an ocean. On the ocean was a merry-go-round-like ride. I jumped on and Jesus spun me. I was spinning on top of the water, laughing and having fun with Jesus.
I was swimming in a big pool of… popcorn. I knew this experience wasn’t about popcorn so I asked the Lord, “what is this?” He told me this popcorn was revelation – revelation of the Word that I’ve heard taught, read in books… good revelation of the Kingdom of God. Then I came across a burnt piece of popcorn in my ‘pool’ of good popcorn. The Lord showed me that I didn’t ever need to worry about false teaching or revelation because I would be able to tell it was bad (or ‘burnt’) and could just throw it out. I didn’t need to live in fear about coming across false teaching because I would know the difference – like anyone who has every eaten popcorn, I could tell good popcorn from burnt popcorn.
Then I found myself swimming in a pool of unpopped popcorn. Just kernels. The Lord told me that this was a pool of my own revelation. That the oil of Holy Spirit that I was filled with would pop these kernels – this would be the truths revealed to me, from His Word, from His Voice – that would pop from the oil of Holy Spirit on me.
I was sitting on a sandy island under a palm tree with Jesus. I noticed I had a stalk of wheat I was chewing on – so weird.Then I noticed I wasn’t wearing beach clothes but a trendy outfit – also weird for being on the beach. Jesus and I were sipping a Coke, laughing big belly laughs, totally enjoying each other’s fellowship. I felt like each part of this scene represented ‘me’ and who I was. I love the islands, home is the midwest and the beauty of farm country, the way I was dressed was my trendy urban side, and of course, whenever Jesus or any other friends and I get together, there will be food and drink.
All of a sudden, a red carpet rolled out along the beach straight towards a cruise ship that was anchored several dozen yards down the beach. Jesus linked arms with me, like an usher at a wedding, and we walked towards the ship on the red carpet.
Once on the ship, I saw that it was FILLED with all kinds of FUN activities! There was dancing, bowling, tennis, basketball, rooms to be pampered in – with massages, pedicures and manicures, in the bottom of the ship was a glass side so you could sit and watch the fish swimming around. I jumped into all the activities, always with Jesus or Holy Spirit at my side. Sometimes it was the three of us together and every once in a while, Father would join in too. Like when we played tennis and needed a fourth person. I was never having fun alone – it was always with the Lord by my side.
I realized all this was happening – all the fun, enjoyment, good times – on the ship but while we were anchored at the shore.
I was in a bed of flowers. But I was as small as a bumblebee. It felt like a scene out of Lord of the Rings or another fantasy where humans co-existed in a land of giants. I was sitting there on a flower petal, in a daze. I’m not really sure why but I felt only half awake. All of the sudden, a ‘being’ came and wrapped me up in, what seemed to me, a large lettuce leaf. It was some sort of greenery. I was then laid on a giant flying bug… like a dragonfly. I wondered if I should be afraid but deep down, I knew that what had control of my adventure right now could be trusted. I wasn’t sure what was happening, where I was or where I was going. But I knew I could trust.
We were sitting on the beach. Jesus and me. We sat there in silence for a long time. Sitting on the sand, eating funnel cakes. For reals. Just watching the waves in silence. For a long time. Finally we got up and began to walk down the beach. Some of my favorite times with the Lord are on this beach. We walked for a while and came across a raft on the beach. Well, it was a surprise to me but He knew it was there all along. We got on and began to float out to sea. The sun was setting on the horizon. Beautiful. Suddenly, I realized we had a picnic basket between us. Jesus opened it and handed me something to drink. I ask Him, “Why is there always food when we are together?” His answer melts me because He knows me so well, “I just know how much you enjoy food.” It’s so true. He knows me.
“…And so we have bread to make our bodies strong, wine to make our heart happy, oil to make our faces shine. Every good thing we need, Your earth provides…” ~Psalm 104:14-15
My family and I were all in our home, doing life together. All of the sudden, the wind came up and began to blow so hard that our home began to move. I looked out the window and, yes, we were actually moving in our home. Like a car sailing down the interstate – it seemed like we ‘drove’ down the road forever. I looked out and saw fields pass by as we traveled down the road within our home.
Finally, after such a long time, we came to a stop. I tell my kids, “Go, look out the window. We are now in a new place. In a new neighborhood.” We all walk out of the house and just sit in the grass, wondering about the strange events. I look up in the sky. There’s a bright light. A familiar bright light. “I’ve seen this light before,” I think to myself. But wait, this time, I see something in the light. It’s a dove.
I’m startled as the dove touches down and lights a stick on fire. The stick is now my torch. My torch radiating from my home. My home that’s in a new place.
I found myself in a forest. The massive and abundant trees were suffocating. I needed out. I was beginning to panic, weaving in and out through the trees trying to find my way out. Instead, with every turn I seemed to find myself deeper in the dark forest. I felt myself starting to hyperventilate. And then I heard the Lord’s voice, “SIT!” It boomed within the trees. “Wait. And I will show you the path. There IS a path. Sit down and you’ll see the path. It will be lit up for you.”
I obeyed. I sat and waited. Suddenly, I turned and noticed a picnic set up right before me. “He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” Peace returned. I could sit still and trust Him.
I am walking down the wide path. Alone. No, wait, not alone. I’ve been enveloped by something like fairy dust, but it’s a living, moving being. It surrounds me and follows me, like a trail of colorful, floating glitter. Ah, it’s Goodness and Mercy! I remember Psalm 23:6, that goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. So, of course, there they are.
As I am walking along, all of the sudden my box, the gift given to me by the Lord, pops open, startling me. Fireworks and confetti fly everywhere. It’s a big moment. An intense moment. I actually begin to fall backwards but before I hit the ground, there is Goodness and Mercy to hold me up. And then I notice them. There are people all around. They’ve been watching me walk the path. Watching me wrangle this big box down the path. Whispering to each other, questioning WHY I have been carrying this big, unopened box. But when the box pops open, all the questioning and the whispering stops.
It’s in this moment that I begin to feel stunned. Overwhelmed. I feel like I need to sit down, to retreat. I hear Holy Spirit speak to me and tell me I can go rest in my ‘cave of solitude’ if I want to. But only for a while. I can rest until I get my joy back. I must have lost it in the intensity of the moment. But I can rest in this hidden place until my joy returns, then I will journey on. Everything – the path, Goodness and Mercy, the gift – it will all be right there for when I return from my cave. I look around, there is my cave. I hadn’t seen it before but there it is. Just off to the side of the path. I go in. And I rest.
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