While the city of Medjugorje in the former Yugoslavia gained international attention in 1981 when six children claimed to have encountered the Virgin Mary, there has also been a long history of religious apparitions in the United States, as well, and often in some of the most unusual ways.
Two Houston women recently claimed to have seen the face of Jesus Christ on a neighborhood oak tree.
In 1996, a Nashville coffeehouse became a tourist attraction when a customer found a cinnamon bun that resembled Mother Teresa. On Christmas Day in 2005, the “Nun Bun” was reported stolen.
Back in 2004, the Virgin Mary’s face was embedded on a grilled cheese sandwich.
A couple in Iowa in 2010 sliced open a potato that had a cross-like design in the middle of it. They later listed the potato slices on eBay.
In 2014, a Michigan man also saw Jesus’ face in a pierogi he purchased at a Parish festival. Just a year before, a man in Ohio photographed an image of Jesus appearing in a bird dropping on his car windshield.
For some this may be comical and for others these are true encounters with God. It is important to understand that we do live in a spiritual world. This means that not only does God speak, Satan and his fallen angels speak and reveal themselves as well. Be careful that you are not deceived. God has not revealed his face. His instructions for the believer is to worship him in Spirit and truth.
Jesus said, in the last days people would claim Jesus is here or there, but do not believe them because when Jesus appears again, he will not be revealing himself to a few people, but all will see him and every knee will bow before him.
I have a tile in my bathroom that has what appears to be an image of the false Jesus that many of us are plagued with. I don’t worship the tile or believe its God speaking, because he speaks to my heart through the Holy Spirit. No images of his majesty, a still small voice, a knowing that does not contradict the Bible.