A couple of months ago, I came back home from college to visit my family in the Twin Cities. That night, however, I had an experience that has bothered me ever since.
It all started with a lucid dream I had that night. Lucid dreams are really not common with me but I usually enjoy them a lot and try exploring when I do get them. For those that don't know, a lucid dream is when you wake up inside your dream and realize your dreaming. From there, most people usually try things like flying or traveling anywhere they want.
However, with this lucid dream I felt like I was being chased by something and I needed to get away. I remember jumping through doorways and running up and down stairs until finally I jumped onto a raised platform and then jumped awake.
I immediately felt this relief come onto me as if I made it away from whatever it was and then I looked to my right and saw something I'll never forget. About 5 inches away from my face on the side of my bed was a black dog the size of a pug barking madly at me like it wanted to kill me. As hard as it tried, it couldn't get even an inch closer to me and I remember having the strangest reaction to it. I wasn't scared at all. Actually, I felt so incredibly safe and secure that I laughed at it. After about 7 seconds the dog gave up and disappeared and I got up and said a prayer thanking God for watching over me.
Now, I would consider myself a fairly religious person and I know in my heart without doubt God does exist. That night I truly felt that God had an angel watching over me that gave me peace from whatever it was and ultimately saved me from its grasp. It sounds weird but it didn't even feel like I was saying the prayer immediately after the dog left. It felt like someone else was saying the words for me.
I'm still a bit weary to try having another lucid dream since then but it was a good feeling knowing that I'm being watched over by a God that cares.