I found out what a "numinous experience" is after I had one, and then told my theologian friend, and he defined it with that term. I have had others too, but they are rare. I don't know, maybe I'm separating different intensities of the same thing: feeling God is with you.
EDIT: The stronger intensities I have experienced are rare for me, whereas the milder ones are fairly common.
In the Bible, people fell on or hid their faces when they knew they were in the presence of Almighty God. But other times in the Bible, the experience seems to have been less strong.
So, I guess what I'm asking is, is there anyone else here who has had one of those nearly-overpowering experiences of being suddenly in the presence of God? In my experience, there are a few things that seem to accompany this type of experience. To describe the experience as a whole: I become immediately aware of my own tininess. As a direct result of this feeling, I then feel as though I cannot speak. This feeling is ALMOST as if I should not speak -- but not quite. To better explain, at the same time as feeling forcefully (and I mean REALLY forcefully) humbled by His presence -- almost like being pushed down, but not in a physical sense -- I also feel His welcoming love, and His full willingness to hear my heart. It's just that the presence of God is so great, so powerful, that it's as if He is filling all of the communication space Himself.
No physical sign has accompanied the numinous experiences I have had. I just become immediately aware -- without knowing how -- that God is powerfully and undeniably there with me. And the impression that makes on me cannot be overstated. It is a special time in which faith is not required, for He is RIGHT THERE, PERIOD, and there simply is no denying it. No lack of faith could blind anyone to the level of presentness I'm talking about.
His presence is incredibly warm and comforting, but it is also accompanied by a kind of fear, a strong sense of my own inadequacy--as if He Himself must prevent me, and does so, from falling to pieces from sheer awe of Him, and from the visceral sense of my own worthlessness. And these experiences always bring silent tears.
EDIT: Another thing about these powerful experiences is that they generally come out of nowhere, not when I'm praying or during a momentous event, but rather, God intervenes in His own time. He suddenly displaces all my other thoughts, and makes Himself known in my spirit. I would describe my emotion as being similar to that in the passage Gen 28:16-17, which says, "And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, 'Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.' And he was afraid, and said, 'How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.' "
My numinous experiences have those same thoughts and emotions minus the aspect of a specific place.
Has anyone else here experienced this overpowering presence of God? Please share your experiences.