When I Woke Up This Morning

Chapter 9 – Help

When I Woke Up This Morning Chapter 9 – Help

Chapter 9 – Help. Mike, Maria, and John returned outside to find the temperature was dropping fast and the camp in near whiteout conditions.  Mike was tending to the campfire. John noticed how small the clearing felt; the whiteout skewed visibility and contrast. The winds howled in the distance.

When I Woke Up This Morning Chapter 9 - Help
When I Woke Up This Morning Chapter 9 – Help

“We’ll need to take turns standing watch tonight,” Mike said. “The fire is our lifeline, and it won’t last the night without help. John, we’re going to need you rested for tomorrow’s trip, why don’t you take the first watch,” Mike said.

The winds were picking up to blizzard speeds of thirty-five miles per hour outside the camp; as soon as you left the protection of the valley, massive snowbanks were appearing wherever snow could collect.

“I have an idea,” Mike said. “Let’s go get some help.”

“What help? What are you talking about John,” Maria said?

” When I was out here earlier, moving the rick of firewood, I took a walk out of the camp, to the main road. People are wandering around out there by the property entrance,” John said. “Let’s go get them.”

“John, those people are likely all possessed, and they are waiting for us outside the property line. We’re enjoying protection from the forces of evil here. Gabriel told us they would be close,” Maria said.

“Jesus, what would He do in this situation,” John said?

“Jesus would have helped those demon-possessed people John; there is no doubt about that. But you’re not Jesus,” Mike said.

“I know that Mike, but we’re going to need more help than you two realize to get out of here,” John said. “Let’s try and save one person and see what happens.” Mike and Maria reluctantly agreed to accompany John to the property border. “Hang on a second,” Mike said. “We’re going to need a few supplies.”

“John, help me carry some of the emergency food supplies out of the trailer,” Maria said.

The trailer was positioned directly in front of the cabin; in the center of the valley. Mike and Maria had a stash of water and MRE’s in the trailer.

Chapter 9 – Help – The wind always blew a certain way in the clearing. The airflow made campfires safe and predictable. John and Maria took a few minutes to carry the supplies from the guest trailer to the main cabin.

“So, what’s going on in your head John,” Maria said? “What’s going to happen when we get to the top of the hill to the property line?”

“I’m just going to go up that hill and into the street, and cast the spirit out of one of those hijacked souls. If it works, I’ll move to the next person and cast out the spirit, and I’ll keep doing that for as long as I can.”

“I need you and Mike to talk with these people after the spirits have gone. And I’ll explain to them what is going on. Some of these people are going to be waking up out here, and it’s going to be a huge mind trip for them. Some of them will want to know the Gospel, and some won’t. We’ll help those that want help, and they can help us in return.”

Chapter 9 – Help – Mike came around the back of the cabin, pulling a sled.” Great idea, Mike,” John said.

“John, there is a cave at the top of the hill,” Mike said. “We have firewood, propane heaters, and rifles stashed up there. What’s the plan, John?”

“I’m going to toss a few spirits out of the people up there to get us some help, what are you going to do Mike?”

“I’m going to go ahead of you and start a fire. We’ll need a warm place to call base for now.”

Chapter 9 – Help – Marie grabbed Mike and Johns’s hand and pulled them both close for prayer. Everyone joined hands. Maria asked God for protection and for God’s will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

After the prayer, Mike gathered some extra blankets, his trusty can of gasoline, and the water and MRE’s. He tied the supplies carefully to the sled.

“Guys, we’ll have near-blizzard conditions coming out of the valley. I’ll need to be able to ID you so I can protect you.” Mike took a green glow stick and attached it to John and Maria’s jackets and bent each in half to activate them. Maria took one of the glow sticks and connected it to Mike as well.

“I’ll take the rest of the glow sticks and space them out to the top of the hill. I’ll place one every fifteen feet or so. When I get to the top, I’ll start a fire close to the road and start the heaters in the cave.”

“There is orange paracord tied from here to the top of the hill,” Mike said. “I’ll attach the glow sticks to that.”

“Give me a fifteen-minute head start to get these glow sticks in place, and get a fire started. You guys follow the lights up the hill, pull the sled, and stay together. John, you stay close to Maria. She knows the terrain pretty well.”

“Make sure and stoke the campfire well before you go, this fire serves as a lighthouse to find our way home,” Mike said.

Mike walked slow and steady out of the camp and disappeared into the whiteout. The glow sticks left a trail, a green glow to guide the way in the inclement weather.

“John, I need a few minutes to myself before we go up,” Maria said. “Mike told us to wait fifteen minutes before following him, come inside with me, and warm up for a moment.”

“Thanks, Maria, I better get this fire stoked first,” John said. Maria walked to the cabin and opened the door; she turned around and smiled at John before stepping in. She is so beautiful, John thought, ignoring Maria’s infamous past.

Chapter 9 – Help – John added new firewood to the fire; he stirred and stoked the fire until it was blazing. As he walked by the cabin window, he could see Maria inside. She was praying on her knees. Mike turned away as he didn’t want to ruin this solemn moment by gawking at Maria.

Mike closed his eyes and said a silent prayer. John prayed for Maria and Mike, and all the lost souls awaiting them at the top of the hill.

Chapter 9 – Help – When Maria returned outside, she handed John a walking stick. They held hands and proceeded to walk out of the camp together, pulling the sled behind them. The first two hundred feet was smooth because the trees sheltered it. Now positioned at the bottom of the hill, they look up to see the green glow of the lights disappearing in just a hundred feet.

Maria and John started climbing slowly. One foot after the next, they pulled the sled behind them as they hiked out of the valley. About a third of the way up, they came to an open property gate that is usually locked. “Mike must have left this gate open for us,” Maria said. “Let’s shut it behind us to be safe, John.”

John wasn’t scared; he didn’t know if it was confidence from his team or something more spiritual in nature. The small silent voice that put the idea in John’s head about saving the people on the road continued to encourage him to press on.

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John didn’t realize the gate was a couple of feet longer than the road. He grabbed the gate at the end and walked it into the closed position falling into the ditch by accident. To complicate matters, John slipped under the gate while trying to stand up. Ice covered everything.

John could hear Maria calling out for him, but he couldn’t see her. He removed the green glow stick from his jacket and waved it in the air. Suddenly a light was shining a few feet behind him; it was Maria lying down on the road and offering him a hand.

Chapter 9 – Help – Maria guided John just a few feet further where he could find some traction on some old concrete blocks that were left in the ditch to help secure the gate. “I think this is why Mike left the gate open,” Maria said. “So we wouldn’t be tempted to close it, I’m sorry John, are you OK?”

Maria helped John out of the ditch, and they retrieved the sled, which stuck under the main gate. “Anything broke, John,” Maria said? “I don’t think so Maria, let’s get up there and make sure Mike is OK before he heads back down looking for us.”

They started back up the hill together, pulling the sled. John used the walking stick more to maintain his balance.

Out of breath, Mike and Maria crested the top of the hill. In the distance, a spark transforms magically into thirty-foot flames. “Mike sure knows how to start a fire,” John said.

“Yes, yes, he does,” Maria said. Mike was still busy working the fire when Mike and Maria caught up with him, but the flames were warm and felt fantastic.

Chapter 9 – Help – John and Maria joined Mike at the fire. The weather conditions at the property line were not as kind. When you’re wrapped in gear from head to toe for cold weather, a unique tunnel vision skews reality. Like a horse with blinders on, you can only see straight ahead unless you turn your head.

John was holding his leg from the fall earlier. “What’s wrong, John,” Mike said?

“I was closing the gate and fell into the ditch; then, I slipped on the ice when I tried to stand and fell under the fence. Maria helped untangle me,” John said.

“That’s my fault,” Mike said. I’m sorry; I left the gate open so you wouldn’t fall into that trap.

That’s OK Mike; these things happen, I’m more concerned with what we have to do up here,” John said.

“I don’t see anything out there, John; I have a terrible feeling about this. Let’s go back to the cabin, please,” Mike said.

“They’re out there all right; I can feel their eyes on me right now. John stood up and backed away from the fire. Mike, go back to the cabin if you need my friend. I have to do this.”

“Can you feel it, Maria, it’s like an entire wall of darkness moving this way. It’s hard to describe,” John said.

“Yes, I feel it John, I can feel the eyes of those people staring right through me too,” Maria said.

As soon as Maria spoke, a few deer that had sheltered in-place for the storm immediately left the encroaching area, running right past the group as if they weren’t even there. A few owls took flight as well.

Chapter 9 – Help – Using his new gift John looked up into the night sky. At first, just the storm was visible. This view gave way as John concentrated on seeing with his spiritual eyes. He saw the outline of forty-foot tall angels that stood shoulder to shoulder, protecting the property.

Guy’s, I’ll be back, John said. Mike stood up with his shotgun and cocked it. Maria tried to talk Mike into calming down, but he didn’t listen. John strolled for the next hundred feet and approached the dividing line. He was leaning heavily on his walking stick but pushing forward.

Faint whispers in John’s head began; intrusive thoughts grew more frantic with each step he took. The intrusive thoughts strengthened his resolve; John’s courage kicked into full gear. Being spiritually attacked is usually a good indication that you’re doing something right.

The wind was blowing so hard that it was difficult for John to stand, but he kept pressing forward. Vague shadows moved in the distance, getting closer, he continued. A few feet from the road, John counts six people in his field of vision.

A woman in a dress walks towards John; she had the red streak on her face, possessed. “Come out of her, in Jesus’ name,” John said. The spirit came out of her with a scream. She slipped and fell on the road.

“What in the hell is going on here, the young lady asked? I’m freezing; the last thing I remember was I had a few drinks with friends after work, and now I’m in a blizzard? Where in the Hell am I? And who are you?”

“I’m John, Mam, and you are?”

“I’m Andrea.”

“Andrea, allow me to help you up,” John said. Are you a believer?”

“A believer in what; what’s going on here, Andrea said,”?

“Andrea, I’m John Smith. Let me give you my patented ‘Pastor John’ rundown. I just booted a disembodied spirit from you. If you have trouble believing this concept ask yourself what you’re doing on the Minnesota/Canadian border during a blizzard with another ten possessed people closing in on you and a random pastor. Come into the camp, Andrea, and warm up while we sort the rest of this out.”

Chapter 9 – Help – Andrea had this look; she wanted to believe, she just never got around to it. “Given the situation, I’m inclined to believe you, Pastor,” Andrea said.

“Go on in the camp, Andrea,” John said. “Mike will take you over to the fire to warm up. Maria is waiting over there for you.”

John noticed as Andrea passed through the property line, she was allowed to enter by the guardian angels. “Thank you, John,” Andrea said as she headed for the fire.

The people kept coming, one after the other, all with the same result. The disembodied spirits fled from everyone that approached John through the power of Yahushua, Jesus Christ.

A young woman named Kris walked right into the camp. She was allowed to pass and went to the fire and sat down, an apparent believer to step right in.

Not everyone believed, though, and even some who said they were believers were not allowed to enter. For one reason or another, most were not allowed to come into the camp.

One lost soul came back after being turned away; “you’re that preacher from TV, aren’t you”?

“Yes, Sir, I’m John, what’s your name?”

“Hi, my name is Jerry; look, John, I know I was stubborn at first, I just watched you cast spirits out of three more people. If evil is real and spirits are real, then God must be real too.”

“I’m not sure what I believe, to be honest, John, but I don’t want to die out here with these people I don’t know. Please let me in your camp and teach me what you know?”

“I will,” John said. The guardian angels let Jerry walk through with John. Jerry made his way to the fire to meet the others.

John walked back to the campfire and put his arm around Mike. “Please, Mike, load the sled with all the remaining supplies and take it to the people still out there. Maybe they’ll come around; I know I’m kidding myself; it just hurts, leaving them out here.”

Mike took the sled to the road and left it for those who couldn’t join them.

“What kind of Christian leaves people out in the middle of nowhere to die, one stranger asked Mike?”

“We’re people, you know; my name is Jack. I’m from Boston; you can’t just leave us out here to die.”

“Jack, we’re not leaving you here to die,” Mike said. “There are enough supplies here to help you make it out of here if you choose.”

“How did you get here tonight, Jack?”

“I don’t know.”

“Look, Jack, you’re on the wrong side of this war. You have the ammunition you need to believe if you want to entertain the idea seriously. But we both know you don’t.

“Most of you have seen spirits thrown out of the others. But something doesn’t allow you to make the connection? We are in a supernatural war.”

“Thanks for nothing, asshole,” Jack said. “You guys are all stupid, following a spaghetti monster.

“Where are we,” a stranger asks?

“You’re about a half a mile from the nearest road.” Mike pointed to the east; “follow the road to the end and take a left to go into town, just follow the tree line out of here.”

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“Maybe we should just take your camp by force,” Jack said. The strangers rushed the line but stopped from crossing by an unseen force, the guardian angels. “Angels protect this place,” Mike said. “If I were you, I’d get as far away from here as you can and don’t come back.”

The strangers reluctantly headed down the road. John noticed the leader of the disheveled group Jack, had what appeared to be a tail as they walked away. “That man is a fallen angel,” John said.

John and Mike walked back to meet their new guests; Andrea, Jerry, and Kris. They were cold, tattered, and scared. Maria and Kris seemed like old friends by the time John got to the fire. Andrea was staring at Jerry, longing for the days when her faith was like his, like a child’s faith.

Jerry became a believer today; it’s incredible to witness. His eyes were opened for the first time, full of belief and wonder. Jerry’s faith is unshakable, for now, anyway. Time has a way of making miracles lose their magic, though. Many in Jesus’ day didn’t believe, and they witnessed His miracles.

Jerry re-evaluated his life today; He saw John throw spirits out of three people tonight. For Jerry, if there is an evil side, there has to be a good side too. That makes God real for him, and that’s all that matters right now.

Andrea has a lonely past, not letting anyone get close to her. Her brush with the supernatural would awaken even the deepest sleeping Christian. And Kris is a Seer; it’s her destiny to be here with us.

Seers are different than Prophets. They see into the future as they are allowed, and that’s what they know. They don’t speak for God. They serve as a compass; they keep believers on track.

“Welcome,” John said. I wanted to invite everyone to come back to the cabin with us, warm-up, and get something to eat.” Everyone stood, staying close to the fire.

There is a certain awkwardness in the first few minutes of any new group. People are reserved, even kinder, for a moment as they size up everyone in the group and figure out their pecking order.

“I’m Maria, and this is Mike,” Maria said. “You have already met John.” The grim situation was evident; life would never seem the same again.

John and Mike re-built the fire before taking the guests down to the cabin. “I’ll stay behind and watch the fire,” Mike said. “The fire has to be kept burning.

Mike threw John a rope retrieved from the cave earlier. “It’s pretty slick going down the hill,” John said. “The rope will safely guide us into the valley. We’ll follow the green glow and stay to the left at the gate.”

John tied the rope around a fence post and led everyone down the hill. They followed John safely to the halfway point. “Down is sure a lot easier than up,” John said.

The rest of the hike wasn’t very hard, “just a couple hundred feet to go,” Maria said. The wind was much calmer in the valley; the visibility was clearing up, you could see for hundreds of feet now.

In the distance, the campfire flickered, a welcome sign for Maria, and John, a promising sign for their new friends.

A short walk and everyone gathered in the clearing. The fire was barely burning, but the coals were red hot; Maria added a few logs, and the campfire took off again.

“John, why don’t you take everyone into the cabin where they can warm up? I’ll be right in,” Maria said.

John opened the door and held it while everyone walked in. The great room of the cabin greeted visitors with a warm fire immediately when entering. The gloves were the first to come off as the hands warm, then the hats and scarfs, and finally the jackets.

The fire filled the air with a familiar aroma. “Welcome to the cabin, everyone,” John said.

“Thanks for helping us back there John, I truly don’t have words for your kind help,” Jerry said.

John started some coffee brewing. “Make yourselves at home,” John said.

“I’m here to help you with your web sites. John; where is the computer,” Kris said? Kris is a renowned website developer. “Let’s get you set up at the table, Kris,” John said. When Kris was comfortable at the table, John slid the laptop over and brought Kris up to speed on the message, as the coffee finished brewing.

“A Minister telling people to not go to church; you’re certainly going to be Mr. Popular,” Kris said.

Jerry and Andrea were both intrigued; they joined John and Kris at the table. When the coffee finished brewing, John poured everyone a cup. Maria came in and joined us after the campfire was burning strong.

John explained the different documents; and why they were needed. “Originally, these files were supposed to be a backup; in case I couldn’t get the message out in time,” John said. “This is great because I don’t know how long I’ll have.”

“How long you’ll have before what,” Andrea said? It hadn’t clicked with Andrea yet that this mission could be dangerous. “I’m not ready to die yet,” Andrea said. She looked distraught and walked back over towards the fire.

“These files are going to play a pivotal role now. Get the web addresses out over your broadcast John, while you have a signal. The web site will do the rest.”

“I’m going to go and help Mike,” Jerry said. “Maria, do you have anything warm I can borrow; It’s numbing out there.”

Chapter 9 – Help – Maria walked to the coat tree and returned with a ski mask, warm gloves, and a scarf for Jerry. A camouflage jacket as well, Jerry looked right at home as soon as he donned the gear. Maria handed Jerry a knife, just in case Mike wouldn’t trust a stranger with his rifle. “Good luck Jerry,” Maria said. Jerry walked out of the cabin and into the clearing.

As John explains the last few days to Kris, the backstory builds into keyword and search tags, META information that will drive web traffic. Kris turns John’s everyday PDF documents into an award-winning web site with graphics, downloadable books and tools, comments, and more. Kris found the password(s) cached for the web site. She logged in, made quick backups of the old web site, uploaded the new one, and registered the site with the search engines.

Your web site should be number one in the search engines in about twenty-four hours,” Kris said.

“Well done,” John said. “Well done, Kris, that’s a fantastic job on the web site.” Kris looked somberly at John. “What’s wrong, Kris.”

“I’m a Seer John; I can see what you’re giving up to get your story across; it’s heartbreaking.”

“Most of your family and friends will disown you. The Church will give you the left foot of fellowship; they’ll excommunicate you and strip you of your title. Your promotion, your fiancé, and your family are all on the line,” Kris said.

“I’m not worried about any of that anymore, Kris,” John said.

Andrea, on the other hand, was having a come to Jesus moment, spawned by the choices she made in her life. John thanked Kris for all of the help. He walked over to Andrea, who was crying by the fireplace.

“I don’t deserve to be here,” Andrea said. “I haven’t done anything in my life that deserves saving. The only thing I’ve ever been good at is stepping on people on my way up the corporate ladder.”

“That’s why it’s called grace; Andrea, it’s unmerited favor,” John said. “You can’t do anything to earn your way to Heaven. Your either a Christian or you’re not. I do need to know if you’re with us or not, Andrea.”

“Yes, I am John, just tell me how to help,” Andrea said.

“I will as soon as I know,” John said.