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Topic: Red (10/01/09)
TITLE: I'm Paralyzed, I Can't Scream and That Dark Figure
By Marguerite Cisnerd
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I never liked the color red, not as a child and not as a grown up. It looked too bright to me, or perhaps
too scandalous. Perhaps my mother read the Scarlet Letter to me as I was growing up or I had heard
of the red-light districts. Maybe it was a remnant of the Jewish DNA via my Spanish heritage
telling me it was not modest for women to wear red. I do not know where the idea came from, I just
thought that a good girl should not wear red.
I had nightmares, terrible ones. There is a light pole outside my window, so my room is not very dark
at night. I would go to sleep and in the middle of the night this dark figure would come to my bedroom.
The figure looked like a stencil or a cut out of a featureless, strong man on a black paper. Sometimes it
would touch my skin and wake me up. Other times, it would make a sound to wake me up. I would be
completely awake, looking at the figure and my entire room, but paralyzed, unable to move or to
utter a sound. I was afraid, impotent, powerless, and cognizant of my death. Yes, I thought I was going
to die during those awful episodes. Many times, I asked myself if I was going crazy, or was that an
alien being from another planet who was going to abduct me. My doctor said it was sleep paralysis, my
mind waking up before my body, and sleeping pills and tranquilizers were prescribed.
After many episodes, something clicked in my spirit and I thought that next time I was going to call on
Jesus. I did. One night the black thing came and in my mind I called Jesus. I told Him that I needed
Him to deliver me from that evil thing. He did and I began to move my body and was able to get up the
bed. I was so grateful. Now every time I go to bed I call on the red blood of Jesus to protect me from
whatever that thing was. The dark thing has not come back anymore. Sleep paralysis? Alien beings?
No, I know better. And I also know the power of the RED BLOOD of JESUS.
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