Faces in the Dark Places

Unsightly faces
in the dark places 
like basements, 
looked like prisoners 
—scary visions.
I was staring at the ceiling 
for hours
praying, asking God 
"Who are all those people?
Am I possessed by a demon?
Oh dear God,
I don’t want these visions 
If this is not your gift,
take it away from me!
Please!
Save me!"
I was convinced
such things couldn't happen 
to the child baptised 
in the church of Christ.

* * *
Tired of waiting 
for the answers from God,
I started searching for healing
from the faces
in the supernatural places:
mediums, astrologers, 
fortunetellers,
some offered 
a knowledge
about angels, 
numbers,
some flashed 
taro readings, 
some promoted crystals, 
and some even
burned church candles
in the name of Jesus!
No help from charlatans,
no answers to my prayers then
But one thing
I now clearly understand—
the enemy
had used my anxiety and 
my lack of a knowledge 
of God’s Truth
to mislead me.

* * *
I was shown other visions
truly bizarre scenes;
I included them into my poems
in an attempt to turn
the frightening visions
I couldn’t comprehend
into hope-giving verses.
I was often meditating 
with the crystals on my palms
asking God to give me understanding,
and I guess that was the time
when I was gone too far
worshiping stones
instead of being patient,
instead of trusting Him—
that’s when the Shepherd
came to catch and return home 
His one lost sheep:
He gave me the most marvellous vision,
the vision that changed me—
He showed me the Lord Jesus
in His Godly glory.

* * *

Eight years later,
I’ve finally grasped the nature 
of the unpleasant faces
that  looked like prisoners
in the dark places 
—these are the men 
who disobey the Holy Word of God.
I thank my God, 
Heavenly Father and the Lord Christ,
our Saving Light
for delivering my face 
from that lightless deadly place.

🗝

“There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer, or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. “ Deuteronomy 18:10-11

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