I was wondering if anyone could describe what it's like to have a vision from God or receive a word from God.
I was once at a retreat and was praying and had a black and white picture that flashed across my mind as I was praying. The picture was very clear and vivid and came out of no where. I started crying because it was a picture of something I'd longed for but didn't know if I would receive in my life.
I've never had a vision before so I don't know if this counts. I don't know if it was me/my desires surfacing or God. I know I wasn't thinking of that picture while I was praying. I'd been praying about something completely different -- it just popped up out of no where into my conscious as I was praying. I can't remember if I felt peace but I remember just feeling so grateful and touched because I started crying.
Also, once I was praying and I definitely heard myself say "_____ _______". It was as if the words just wedged themselves between my words and came out from some place else. How can I be sure that these words were from God? It seems like it was pointing a direction for me in regards to a career path, but now I'm at a point where I feel stuck and if this was a direction, it's not happening for me. I had been praying with a sense of urgency or desperation but after I heard this, I felt peace. Yet nothing is coming together right now in my life to make this "vision" come pass. I feel like it's a piece of the puzzle and I don't know where to go to find the other pieces.
What is it like to receive a vision from God? Do visions from God look the same to all people, or does God talk to each of us in different ways? How can we know that something we've felt is from God? Is there somewhere in scripture that explains how to know for sure?