It was an interesting conversation; a self proclaimed prior Satanist and two plain Christian women. As we were leaving, his parting words to us, was to keep our heads covered.
My mom and I were at a christian bookstore, both of us wearing hoodies that claimed, “Eternally Free. John 3:16” when he walked up to us. I don’t remember what he looked like, other than his face was alive. He gestures to our hoodies and says “I am eternally free! Are you?” Mom and I both nod and look at him, his face lights up with a big smile and he asks us “do you know what it means to be free?!”
I don’t remember just how the whole conversation went, but at some point he was asked to share his testimony. The way he seemed alive, we just knew his had to be a good story. And it was.
He was a former Satanist, or Devil worshiper. His life was black and he didn’t even remember parts of it. He had a friend who kept trying to share the Word with him and he wasn’t interested. The friend kept pursuing him in though, and through Gods grace and love, this man found hope and salvation.
It’s been years, I wish I could remember the story better. I wish we could speak with him again. Remember in Luke where Jesus is referring to Mary? “Her sins which are many, are forgiven, therefore she loves much. But to whom little is forgiven, loveth little. This man who had been forgiven much, loved much. I can pretty much imagine him as one to “leap upon the housetops and shout it in the streets.”
One thing I remember him sharing was how he destroyed all of his satanic items. They were burned, and even the satanic bible burned to ashes. Unlike most books which merely smolder, with bits and pieces of the pages still intact; his satanic book burned until there was nothing left but ashes. Just like Satan himself will someday, burn forever.
We didn’t get to talk as long as we would’ve liked, I had to work that day which really rushed us out of there. We said our goodbyes, and his parting words were to keep our heads covered. Mom and I nod and we leave. But later we looked at each other and wondered…. What did that man, a man who had been part of the darkness, what did he know about the covering we wore?
In Corinthians Paul says the woman will have power over her head because of the Angels. In the spiritual realm, what does that mean? That is a conversation I will never forget. Even though I was already convicted of wearing a head-covering, our conversation with this man only further convicted me.
We will likely never know what this man knew, to admonish us in such a way. But I am content to know that in covering my head and honoring God’s plan of leadership, I am protected in a special way as his child.