I caught an episode of Joan of Arcadia last Friday. (It’s the second time I happened to watch a show.) Pretty cool.
There was a scene where Joan (to whom God speaks through random people she encounters) tells God she needs more than hints if she’s going to do what God wants. She says she needs even just a glimpse of the big picture. God says OK, and sounds and voices (which sound mostly like war and discord sounds) come up on the soundtrack. Next thing you know, Joan is being roused by her worried mother, flat on her back on the floor.
Later there’s another encounter where she asks for “better hints” because, as she now admits, she can’t get a glimpse of the big picture without ending up flat on her back.