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Weeping in the "Knight", Joy in the Morning

There's a scene in The Dark Knight Rises that really gets to me. I mean, when I watched it last summer, I was bawling in the theatre. And no, it had nothing to do with the sheer creepiness of Tom Hardy's Bane's voice, which I wholeheartedly believe, is exactly how Satan sounds- at least in my nightmares. Anyway, the scene to which I refer is the one with beaten, back still healing Bruce Wayne attempts to escape his underground imprisonment. In order to gain his freedom, he must some how scale a ridiculously high, circular enclosure. Many, many other prisoners have tried but failed. And fell, to their painful deaths. Yet, our superhero takes up the challenge. He. Must.

So if you're wondering why the heck I'd get all teary over that, let me just tell you, I am a huge Batman fan. What really got me, though, is how I've had that feeling so many times. The feeling that I had to move forward but in order to do so, I couldn't just step, but I would have to take a leap in faith.

Interestingly, prior to Bruce's success, the only other prisoner to have escaped was a young child. Not the big branwy guys, but a little kid. This makes me think of various Scripture verses which admonishes believers to obtain child-like faith.
  "Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 
 Luke 18:17

"And said, 'Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'"
Matthew 18:3

"But Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.'”
Matthew 19:14

There are times, especially in dealing with CIDP, I feel just as broken as Bruce's back. I feel there is no way I can make it. I should resign myself to darkness. Yet, God beckons me to follow Him, up and out, to become "like a child" and trust Him as I prepare to climb and leap. Oh, and of course, just as Bruce did in the above clip, to make sure to throw a lifeline, a guide, to help others in their ascent. It's important to remember, "Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." (Psalm 30:5b)

Alisha De Freitas blogs at East of Eden.

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