I sat quietly in the circle as the other two began establishing the rules. I had never played this game and didn’t know exactly how it would progress. The other two were experts. They seemed to enjoy the whole idea of getting me involved. I was scared. The unknown always frightens me; my eyes darted from one image to the other, wondering what was going to happen next.
To my right was Avagon. He shimmered in the soft glow of the candle light. His robes were iridescent as if a rainbow had been set into the fabric. His golden auburn hair was long and thick, falling across his massive shoulders. His eyes were brilliant blue and sparkled like a tropical beach at sunrise. He smiled. His teeth, straight and illuminately white, caused me to be jealous.
To my left, the darkness of the world sat perched upon a stone. Dartag was draped in a blue-black shroud. His talons clawed the stone where he had planted himself earlier. His eyes seemed crusty and dull. He would look at me and I saw his eyes turn to the colors of red and yellow, as if bloodshot with infections from inside his head. His very presence was unnerving. But, as he spoke, the stench that came from his mouth made me nauseous.
“Do you choose Truth?” Dartag scowled. “Or, do you choose dare?”
The question was given to me. I squirmed in my seat to find a more comfortable position. What was I doing here? What made me come I hadn’t realized when I got the invitation, that it would be this horrendous.
“I’m talking to you,” Dartag screamed at me. “What do you choose?”
Avagon slowly turned toward me. With a voice that sounded like a soft wind on a cool day, he said, “You can choose truth.”
I could barely open my mouth. Fear beyond fear gripped my heart. I timidly turned toward the darkened one and said, “I choose truth.”
“Great!” he said. “The question is… what is the worst sin you have committed?”
My heart raced. I couldn’t think clearly. My life had been full of sin. I had failed in so many areas. There were so many roads and detours. Which, of my many escapades would he allow to be the answer. How would he know if I was telling the truth? What would happen if I didn’t give him the correct answer? What could he do to me?
I took a deep breath, looked at Avagon, and found my courage. Slowly I opened my mouth. I felt my eyes begin to tear. I hung my head in embarrassment as I started to speak. “My greatest sin is that I didn’t trust God. I thought that I could handle my life by myself. In that process, I failed miserably. I kept doing things my way and those acts of selfishness and self-centeredness brought me to the worse state of human deprivation. I did not trust God or His word.”
Dartag growled at me. “You think you told me the truth? I tell you the truth. You can’t trust God.”
Avagon reached across the circle and took my hand. His touch strengthened me. I looked into his deep blue eyes and saw the heavenlies. I saw the glimmering gold streets of the place that God was preparing for me. I saw meadows of flowers of every species. In just a short moment I knew that Avagon was giving me assurance that what I knew in my heart was the absolute truth.
“My worst sin was turning away from God,” I started. “Today, I know God. I talk with Him every day. He talks to me in a still small voice that I can understand. He leads me in my everyday issues and comforts me when I am frustrated with life. If I couldn’t trust Him, I wouldn’t want to live.”
Dartag was squeamish. I had finished my question and he had to be satisfied. Avagon smiled tenderly at me. I could tell that he was pleased. I turned to Dartag and asked, “Do you choose truth or dare?”
“I choose dare!” Dartag shouted.
Again, Avagon smiled at me. I turned my head from him and started to give my response to Dartag.
“I can tell by your countenance that you have always chosen dare. Now, I dare you to choose Truth.”
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