Signs and Wonders

She dances around the orange sting with a glowing impression that summons the native children. The red rebel embers blush at her intrinsic strength. She grabs the night air and spreads it through her thick raven hair. The fire crackles and salutes her wearing a red- and yellow-striped uniform perfumed with sap and sequoia.

She fixes her eyes on heaven’s door waiting to dance with the Rider of the white horse.

The whole village watches but they don’t see what she sees. Their eyes are blinded with scales hiding His majesty. If only they would believe they too would share in the mysteries of heaven.

Suddenly a little girl shouts, “I see’m comin!” Her older brother cries, “He Beautiful!” Then another, and another, until all the children are sold to freedom. They make up songs about the God-man who treads the vaulted skies.

While boys and girls hold hands dancing around the ring of fire the village shaman cries, “Som’tin fall from eyes! I see, too! The Man you say, He, He more better! He look at me and smile… What I do?” he asks the brave ballerina.  “Smile back…” she says, “…just, smile back.”  Meanwhile, an old man blind from birth laughs with joy witnessing the signs and wonders that follow the Rider. The entire village is transformed.

The Rider races his horse down a velvet blue staircase to embrace what is rightfully His. Out of the horse’s nostrils billow smoke that reads, “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords.”

Suddenly, everything makes sense. All of life’s pain and suffering strengthens her faith. Her purpose: to share God’s beauty with her village is something worth living for. Her joy is contagious. Even her hair runs wild like a pack of wolves howling at the pregnant moon. The fire begins to beat its drums crackling over the spiritual unveiling.

Many years have passed and the story of one woman’s faith continues to encourage thousands to believe in the Rider of the white horse who treads the vaulted skies.

Chester Delagneau

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