Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Stairway

"There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold"... Led Zeppelin

It was several years ago that I received an invitation to the Spring banquet, being held at the Palace.  I was honored that I was invited and excited to attend.  I arrived just as the sun was setting that Saturday afternoon.  As I pulled up to the gate, the guard stopped me, "Identify yourself," he said.  I gave him my name and he responded, "I can't allow you in, without the password."  I thought to myself... What password, no one gave me a password?  I glanced at the hood of my car and said the first thing that popped into my mind..."transmission."  To my amazement the gate opened.

I drove inside the gate and handed the valet my keys.  I could see all the people in the courtyard, so I said a quick prayer and started walking over there.  I was captivated by the beauty of the scenery.  I then scanned the crowd until I found the King.  I finally spotted him and started walking towards him.  As I was walking, people kept stopping me to chitchat or to offer me something to eat or drink.

When I finally broke free, the King was gone.  I decided to go to my guest room and pray.

"And the voices of those who stand looking"...

Later that evening I could hear voices in the hall.  I opened up the door and saw three girls drinking and laughing.  One of the girls said to me, "Hey, if you wanna get close to the King, then here"... as she slid a round suitcase towards me.  I bent down and opened it.  I found lingerie and erotic material inside and the girls began laughing at me.

I looked up and said, "Many women have made it into the heart of the King's bedroom, but very few have entered the heart of his bathroom."  The laughter stopped, as the girls looked at me dumbfounded.  They had no idea what I meant, by what I had just said.  I slid the suitcase back over to them and walked into the kitchen.

The King's cupbearer was in the kitchen playing poker, with a few friends. His girlfriend walked up to me, hugged me and handed me a glass of Chardonnay. We were talking and catching up when I overheard some girl yell... "What's she doing here?"  She then started throwing accusations at me.  "I'm sorry, you must have me mistaken for someone else?"  I said.

The King's cupbearer stood up for me and told her to calm down but she was obviously drunk and hysterical.  I turned around to walk out and she began screaming and cursing at me, "I know exactly who you are... you BLEEP-ing whore!"  I turned around and rebuked her.  All of the sudden she started throwing up.  Everyone in the room was screaming and grossing out.

I felt sorry for her, so I walked over to her.  I cleaned her up and then helped her over to the couch, in the next room.  She slurred her words, "I'm sorry... and then she mumbled... I know he chose you."   I didn't know who or what she was talking about?  I just told her that I forgave her and to lay down and rest, until she felt better.  I headed back into the kitchen, grabbed the mop and a bucket and cleaned up her mess.  I then went back to the guest room.

I grabbed my Bible, laid down on the bed and began to cry out to God.  I read the words of King David before going to sleep... "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."

"Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings"... 

The next morning I awoke to the sound of birds singing.  I got up and opened the door to the bedroom, it was quiet and peaceful.  I started walking around the Palace and I didn't see anyone.  I figured everyone was still asleep, so I decided to head up the stairs, towards the King's room.

As I was walking up the stairs, I saw two female Angels sitting on the banister. I said, "I want to see the King... I just want to talk to him... how can I help him?  Please tell me what I should do?"

Female Angel #1:  You need to serve him first, before you can help him.
Female Angel #2:  I can't tell you because it's going to hurt you.

Before I could respond, they had vanished... as feathers fell from the banister onto the stairs.  Hurt me???  How could it possibly hurt me?... Serve him???  I have been serving him!"... I thought to myself.  I kept walking up the stairs and they seemed to never end.  It was like the stairs were expanding before my eyes, the further I would go up.  What is going on??? 

I started asking God why the stairs were expanding and what the Angels meant, by what they said?  That's when I saw a video flash on the wall, like someone had just pushed the play button, to the movie about my life...

I SAW all that I would have to endure and all those that I would have to leave at the bottom of the staircase, if I continued climbing up.  I stood there paralyzed on the steps and began to cry... "God, I don't know if I'm strong enough to go through all of that?  Maybe it will be easier if I just go back down?"

I looked back down the stairs and by that time I was so high up, that it frightened me!  I froze for a few minutes and then I took one step backwards down the stairs.  That's when I heard a voice, "Don't look down!  You've come too far to go back now, come here... take my hand"...

I couldn't see his face but I grabbed ahold of his hand and started going back up the stairs.  I asked him his name, but he disappeared before my eyes and I was left holding a feather in my hand.  I held onto the feather and kept walking up the stairs.

I started becoming weak and my legs were shaking.  I couldn't possibly make it up, one more step.  I decided to rest for a bit, so I sat down on the stairs and laid my head down on the step. 

"And a new day will dawn for those who stand long"...

Some time had passed and I heard the voices of the twins (Elvis and Jesse Presley), echoing in the stairwell.  I wasn't sure if I was dreaming or not but I was hoping it was our Angels, coming up the stairs...

"Five-0, Five-0... Farfalla, what's up?  hahaha  Come on, wake up... you have to be ready by midnight."

I opened my eyes and saw the King's Angel Francis (Elvis), standing in front of me.  "What time is it?"  I said.  "It's 8:00pm, come on, you have to get ready for the banquet." "I can't make it, I'm too weak... I can't climb any more stairs."  "You don't realize how close you are... come here... I'll carry you the rest of the way."  I stood up and jumped on his back, as he gave me a piggyback ride up the stairs.  My Angel Tobias (Jesse), was leading us and cracking jokes, along the way.

We finally made it to the top of the stairs and I hopped off of his back.  We were standing in front of huge double doors that were closed.  I could hear Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, blaring from the stereo inside.  I yelled, "How do we get inside?  He won't be able to hear us, if we knock."  They both looked at me and walked right through the door, as feathers fell to the floor.  I didn't know what to do???  I just dropped to my knees and began to pray...

"Lord, if I have found favor in the sight of the King, and if it pleases the King, may You grant my request?"... 

Suddenly the doors opened up like an elevator.  I looked up and walked inside.I couldn't believe it!  I was inside the King's bathroom.  I looked around and captured every single image... The decor, the tile, the crosses, etc.  I then noticed that all of my personal belongings that I had left in the guest room, were in there.  I don't know how it got there but I was amazed that I was even in there?!

I decided, I better get ready for the banquet and I jumped in the shower.  So many different emotions were running through me.  It was like butterflies on overdrive.  haha  I can't explain it, but it was a different kind of happiness?! This was JOY... like I had never, ever felt or experienced before.

I could still hear 'Stairway to Heaven' playing as I was in the shower...

"Dear Lady, can you hear the wind blow and did you know,
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind"...

When I got out of the the shower, the mirror was fogged but I could see the reflection of the TV, coming from the King's bedroom.  I looked at myself in the mirror and smiled.  I couldn't believe I wasn't dreaming!  I kept thanking God for sending me five Angels along the stairway, to guide me, to give me hope and to help me up the stairs.

I finished putting on my makeup, did my hair, put my dress onand glanced over at the clock.  It was 11:51pm and I said out loud, "He knows the end... from the beginning!"

"With a word she can get what she came for"... 

Sometimes the steps we take in life, aren't always easy.  Not everyone will be on our side and a lot of times, we will have to walk the steps alone.  But, we are never really alone.  God will never leave us.  He will always send FEATHERS along the way to carry us, when we are weak.

It only takes ONE word of hope, one door to be opened, one opportunity, or one invitation... to change EVERYTHING!  Just keep climbing up those steps and NEVER give up!  Soon you will SEE, all of your DREAMS becoming reality. And you'll find that all along, you've been walking...

Step by step, in rhythm with Heaven!

Led Zeppelin ~ Stairway to Heaven

"And if you listen very hard,
the tune will come to you at last"...