One day, while deep in prayer, the Lord gave me a vision.
I saw the Lord on his throne, and his robe filled the temple. All around him were Seraphim, and they each had six wings. With two wings they covered their face, with two their feet, and with two they flew.
And they said to one another, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty; the whole
earth is filled with his glory.” At the sound of their voices the temple was shaken and it filled with smoke.
“I am destroyed!” I cried. “I am dead! For I am an unclean man, and I live among an unclean people, and my eyes have seen the King of Glory, the Lord Almighty.”
Then one of the Seraphim flew to me with a burning hot coal clenched in his hand, which he had taken from the altar. With it he touched my lips and it did not burn and he said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
Then I heard the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
He said, “Go and tell this people: How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him. I will bring judgment on all the gods of the world. I am the Lord.”
Then, the vision ended. I was still in my room, on my knees. Then, I began praying again. Praying for strength to take on this quest with the power of God and not my own. And then I heard something like a great wind, and it tore through my window, and flaming tongues of fire sat upon my shoulders. I felt strength, God’s strength.
“Thank you, Lord!”
Then, I walked out of my room and walked towards the Abbot. “May I have your blessing to leave?”
“For what reason, my son?”
“The Lord has given me a commission, and I must leave here to do it.”
“The Lord, gave you a commission? In what form.”
“A vision, confirmed by tongues of flaming fire.”
“Hah, then tell me why I heard no mighty wind?”
“Of course you did.” The Abbot paused, “You do not have my blessing.”
“Very well, I will leave by myself.”
“You realize what this means don’t you?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Fine, then go.”
And so I went to leave, I grabbed a staff and looked at it for a bit. And I was extremely tempted to prove myself right, but I resisted the urge. So, I grabbed a pair of sandals, and left.
The monastery was far away from civilization, as it was our goal to stay away from the sin of everyday life to live every moment in the presence of God. Though, I find about as much sin here as I did in the city, if not more.
But, following God’s call, I began walking. Not knowing where I was going, or what I was getting into. I just walked along. And after a considerable distance, I noticed a trio of people standing in the distance and overheard the last bit of their conversation.
"I've lived with their mistakes my whole life, my family has suffered greatly and for what? More wars? More death? They need too be disposed of."
“Hello! I come in peace.” Straight away, the woman had her bow strung and an arrow ready to shoot at me. “Do not fear, I no more of a threat than a dove or a squirrel.”