Some People See Stuff
I got there just in time. I picked up my little two year old as she sat on her little red tricycle, not fewer than 8 feet from the backside of a pickup truck reversing out of our neighbor’s extra long driveway. To say that it was a close call was an understatement. The driver had no clue she was there. I stopped him with a shout while sprinting out my front door!
A few minutes earlier I had arrived home for the day and was setting down my things when the image, almost like an ugly memory, flashed before my eyes: a white pickup truck was reversing out of my neighbor’s long driveway and headed straight for Nina! I rebuked the thought, convinced it was simply an irrational fear. No sooner had I put down my backpack that another image, this time a video, shot through my mind: I was holding Nina’s lifeless body in my arms (yikes). Immediately I shot outside and shouted just in time to halt the oblivious driver before he backed over my little girl.
Some people see stuff from God. I do. Every time I recall that story, I’m thankful God is present, even in my imagination.
Some people are wired for visual revelation. These seer-types receive images and videos from God. Their burden involves learning to properly interpret the things they see—images not always neatly packaged in literalism but instead laced with a similar beauty and symbolism we see so often in scripture.
I like to remind visual revelators of the revelatory spectrum we see in scripture: subtle to spectacular. It may be that you receive spectacular open visions (Matt. 3:16); trances (Acts 10:9–16); heavenly encounters (Rev. 1:12–17); or dynamic dreams (Matt. 1:20; 2:12, 13). But it’s more likely that you more frequently receive from God through the subtle by-faith gaze of the soul (2 Cor. 3:18). Either way, experiences of visual revelation can be both exhilarating and at times, even confusing.
I love helping people discern what God is showing them.
Often I charge visual revelators/seer-types with (3) practices for growing in their grace to receive visual revelation: community life, mentorship and bible study. The interpretive skills of a seer-type grow when they run in community with others who are learning to understand the visual revelation they too receive. As well, mentorship provides an older, more experienced voice into the younger seer’s life, which is vital to discerning not only meaning, but especially the timing of and proper response to visual revelation. Finally, commitment to Bible study provides the seer with a catalogue of biblical symbolism which is more than helpful for growing one's interpretive skills.
If you’re a seer-type, I encourage you to not walk, but to run into these three practices. Build a history chasing God in these areas and you will, I’m convinced, find His life-changing wisdom and His life-saving insights chasing you!
Adam Narciso is the visionary and pioneer of Catalyst Ministries, a training and global outreach mission for the next generation. Since 2009 Adam has trained and mobilized over 40 international evangelism teams and has equipped thousands in the areas of identity, hearing God and evangelism via seminars around the world. Adam has preached the gospel in city campaigns, universities, high schools and bamboo huts in remote villages, all with supernatural effect. Communicating with humor and fresh biblical insight, Adam is a unique prophetic evangelist who equips everyday Jesus-followers to live authentic, New Testament Christianity, discovering their highest joy in the Great Commandment and their unique assignment in the Great Commission.
Adam is author of New Identity: 30 Days of Prayer for Spiritual Transformation and producer of the Gospel Encounters eCourse. He and his wife, Jenny, have four children and reside in Franklin, TN.
Adam is ordained through Messenger Fellowship, an international community of leaders, churches and ministries committed to the glory of God.