After a week of boiling temperatures and floating around the pool, today I awoke to a rainy morning and, once again, a storm had hit our internet provider. Yikes! All week, I had been considering sharing several of God’s stories with Moms of Faith. God had revealed some really cool stuff among all the commotion here. However, I was debating exactly what to select to share with you all.
Since I had planned to pop on the ole laptop first thing in the morning to submit “Hott Flashes” (my editor’s deadline is by 6:00 p.m. on Fridays), Dan was already up at the crack of dawn with news: last night’s thunderstorm had completely wiped out the internet service. Perched here on Hott Mountain, the provider utilizes our garage as an antennae to receive and distribute to other customers. Still in my pajamas, the tech guy arrived.
Bad news! We needed new equipment, something called a router. Hummmm… Looks like I would not be logging on any time soon. And honestly, I was still tossing around a handful of different topics to talk about this week.
So, without access to the World Wide Web, I headed to the grocery store. The 15 minute trip to town gave me a piece of quiet time to continue rolling around some ideas. You want to know what was really bugging me? I couldn’t stop thinking about the terrible tragedy out in Colorado at last night’s midnight viewing of that new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises”.
“The man suspected of carrying out the Colorado movie theater shooting, 24year-old James Holmes from Dan Diego, was a graduate student in the neuroscience program at the University of Colorado Medical School, a university spokesman told NBC News.” Early this morning, it was reported that Holmes killed 12 and scores were injured in the massacre.
They were just going to the movies.
Some friends floating around in our pool yesterday afternoon were heading to a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” here in W. Va. Although I must admit that I have also been to a midnight movie with Violet and Caity (our 12 and 22 year old daughters), silently, I was wondering what the appeal is to going at midnight to see a movie. I much prefer being in my comfy cozy bed at that time!
Last night at midnight, (well, close to midnight), I was finishing up a book called Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astonishing Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back. This book tells the story of a family whose 3 year old son nearly dies from a ruptured appendix. Quite “matter of fact”, Colton (the boy) reveals what he saw to his parents, who are able to piece together his visions and provide scriptural references.
Among the many miraculous descriptions Colton shares in Heaven Is for Real, the one most visual to me was when he describes that, close to death as he was in surgery, Jesus was there, with Colton. He not only showed Colton heaven but also cradles Colton, holding him in His arms for comfort.
As I think about the image of Jesus arriving to hold this child close to death, I can’t help but imagine how busy He was last night,… at midnight,… at the movies.
I think Jesus held those unsuspecting 12 moviegoers, don’t you? Last night, the Bright Knight descended when “The Dark Knight Rose”.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” – John 14: 1-2
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