I recently watched the movie “Taken”, again. If you haven’t experienced it, Liam Neeson plays a former Black Ops specialist in the role of what he calls a “Preventor.” He’s taken early retirement in order to live close to his college age daughter, who takes a trip to Europe with a friend against her father’s better judgment. Soon after arriving in Paris, Neeson’s daughter is abducted into a slave trade underworld; but before she’s “Taken” she is able to talk with her father on a cell and scream information about her captors. One of the abductors picks up the cell and puts it to his ear…
Neeson is relentless in his pursuit of his captured daughter – using all his creativity, ability and experience to find her, and rescue her, amidst the darkness of commercial slavery. I read a few verses the other day that connected a few dots between Taken and God’s relentless pursuit to save us from the “king” of the underworld:
2 This is what the Lord says:
“I will go before you, Cyrus,
and level the mountains.[a]
I will smash down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron.
3 And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—
secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord,
the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.
I’m thankful that my Father is Neeson to the “nth” power. He smashes and levels His way to my rescue, and yours.