He closed his eyes to sleep after a long day of work. His mind raced for a while about the things he had forgotten to do and his plans for tomorrow. But slowly slumber crept in to give him the rest he needed. The darkness of sleep washed over him. He dreamed of the ocean. The waves crashed in and receded back from the shore. But then the clouds grew dark and the waves grew violent. Lightning flashed over the stormy skies. And Daniel beheld visions fit only for a nightmare.
Have you seen Captain America? It was good, not amazing, but pretty good. Steve Rogers starts off as this scrawny nobody. No powers, no abilities, nothing that makes him special in any way whatsoever. He gets jumped in the alley and needs his buddy to rescue him. He’s so weak that he tries to join the army and they won’t let him in! Finally, he makes it and he’s a trainwreck. He can’t keep up. He’s no good.
But what he does have are his convictions. He’s got the kind of convictions that lead him to charge straight into the enemy camp all by himself at the end of the movie. And because of those convictions, he is given great power and leads the team to victory. The Cap's story is a lot like the story of Gideon in Judges 6-7. You may want to read these two chapters as I'll only be sharing a few verses.
Now that I'm back to writing after my break, I can finally write about some of the great movies that came out this summer! Among them is Dark Knight Rises! It's probably for the best that it's taken me time to get to this one because there are so many twists and plot points to spoil. By now, the majority of you have probably seen it, but be warned, "There be spoilers ahead."
Batman Begins was a movie about falling to or mastering one's own fear. Dark Knight was about justice and morality from the common folk on the street to the politicians we idolize and how even great men can fall. Dark Knight Rises picks up right there with an absent Batman and a devastated Bruce Wayne. It is a movie about rising out of the ashes and not letting anything keep us down.
Batman really takes some hard falls in this movie. Just when you think things can't get worse. . . they do again and again. When the movie starts, he is out of shape, has a bum leg, and is an emotional wreck over the loss of his love, Rachel. His company is failing because he sunk its money into a supposedly failed clean energy project. On top of all of that, the people of Gotham hate Batman for the killing spree pinned on him in the last movie.
But come on, he's Batman! He picks himself up, does some push-ups, gets a fancy knee brace, puts on the Batsuit, and jumps back into the action. He even picks up a sidekick in Catwoman. There's nothing to it. Right?
Benghazi. A few days ago, if you had said that word I might have replied with "God bless you." Now its a word I'm hearing all over the place. If you haven't kept up with the news, a US consulate (sort of like a small embassy) was attacked on Tuesday night in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans are dead including the US ambassador to Libya while more were wounded. I don't have all of the facts and I won't pretend to, but there are two things I'm hearing floating around Facebook and the internet that I'd like to respond to.
After taking a break from my blog over the very busy summer, I'm back to writing again. I'm not sure if I'll be writing three times a week again this year. We'll just have to see how it goes. As this new school year starts, I wanted to share a word from Daniel with you teens and young adults, though it certainly applies to everyone.
Mark has been happily married for five years, has a year and a half old daughter, and serves as a youth and children pastor in Oak Park.