I was in a cognizant, lucid-dream state and found myself walking in what appeared to be my current neighborhood, back home (I was away at college, during this period). The sheer vividness of this place, along with the level of awareness I had, was MUCH more intense than the physical/natural world around us.
(similar to my dream vision back in May, 2010)
Starting from the edge of my driveway, I turned right and continued walking down my neighborhood road; which eventually curves around to the left and will take one straight out toward the highway. Once I was about halfway toward the end, I became keenly aware of what I believed to be God's presence off to the left of me; emanating in the direct center part of my neighborhood.
I first audibly called out and thanked Him for saving me.
I audibly heard, in quiet response "You're welcome..."
I then turned left onto the gravel road leading toward the neighborhood's center, and toward God's presence. I began to draw closer toward the water tower located at the center (which exists in the natural).
His tangible presence was now just a bit to the right of me, and up into a cloudy sky.
I then asked out loud to Him (paraphrased), "What subject should I study in the Bible?"
Immediately -- a booming, thunderous response reverberated down upon me:
I was immediately floored, face toward the ground, and greatly stricken with fear. Even the surrounding area seemed to shaken and was affected by the reverberating boom.
I did not want to continue any further in the direction where that voice emanated from!
I awoke shortly afterwards.
At the least, I'm aware that houses in dreams represent the life of the person (Mathew 12:43-45) (Luke 11:24-26). So along the same lines, it would seem logical to conclude that "driveways" are like an extended symbol of one's life, since that is the place where one's vehicles are typically parked at.
Therefore...since a driveway is the attaching point between one's house and the corresponding road lived on...on a road can also correspond with the term "way" in Scripture...perhaps this was a symbolization of me walking along the "way of life" or the "way of the LORD"?
- The "Way" of the Lord
...(16)And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. (17)And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; (18)Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? (19)For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him...
...The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity...
...(22)And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch. (23)And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples. (24)And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. (25)This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. (26)And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly...
- Why was everything far more "real" and vivid than the natural realm?
Similar to the dream which I had back in May of 2010, I think there may be different "layers" to the spirit realm; or at the least, a demonstration of God's ability to manifest a dream/vision setting free from enemy influence...
- The Spirit World: Multiple "Layers"?
...(1)Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. (2)In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity, (3)The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him...
II Corinthians 12:1-6
...(1)It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
(2)I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. (3)And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) (4)How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. (5)Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. (6)For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me...
- Why was God's presence felt at the center of my neighborhood, where the water tower is located?
I do not believe that the water tower's presence, here in the dream, was coincidence; but rather, was a representation, itself, of God both being one's "strong tower", as well as how we are constantly before the direct line of sight of Him.
- The Eyes of the Lord Are in Every Place
II Chronicles 16:7-9
...(7)And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. (8)Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand. (9)For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars...
...(21)For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. (22)His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. (23)He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray...
...The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good...
- Why was the sky mostly cloudy, up above where God's presence was?
I believe this was representative of how God must conceal Himself to the point where we (on this side of eternity) will not be consumed by the sheer holiness of His direct presence.
- His Holiness Cannot Be Beheld
...(17)And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
(18)And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
(19)And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
(20)And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live...
...(1)In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (2)Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. (3)And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
(4)And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. (5)Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts...
- Why did I receive that thunderous response from the LORD?
Truthfully...because I needed it! I had backslidden significantly during the two-year period when I was away at college.
As for further describing God's thunderous Voice: you know how when one yells, the source of that emanates from the vocal cords? In this case, it was as if the sky, itself, above me had vocal cords -- it was that kind of sheer intense.
- The Father's Voice that Thunders
II Samuel 22:14
...The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice...
...(1)At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.
(2)Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth. (3)He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. (4)After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard. (5)God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. (6)For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength...
...(6)Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, (7)Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. (8)Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? (9)Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?...
- Why was I floored with great fear, and had no desire to advance further?
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and understanding...
- The Fear of the Lord
...The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever...
...(7)The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (8)My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: (9)For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck...