After taking a hiatus in 2014, I am blogging the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar again. This is my third time, and I thought it would be appropriate with the new Star Wars movie coming out later this month. Each day, I riff a little bit on a (perceived) connection between Advent and whatever the LEGO Star Wars mini build is for the day.
This is meant to be lighthearted and fun.
Today we have the ion cannon, a weapon first observed during the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. The ion cannon’s blasts incapacitated the Empire’s Star Destroyers, clearing a path for the Rebel Alliance’s escape. (Why they didn’t use the ion cannon against the AT-AT Walkers, I don’t know.)
To many in the Rebel Alliance, it probably seemed there was no chance they could escape. Two fighters guarding a transport against an Empire’s Star Destroyer? And yet the ion cannon helped clear the way.
As we’ve talked about at various points during this advent calendar, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were threatened once Jesus was born. An angel of the Lord warned Joseph to take his family and flee to Egypt. Herod the Great was coming for them, but what to do? What could two parents, with their baby, do against the Roman Empire? They need not worry, for God was orchestrating their escape. The angel’s warning to Joseph, along with the warning to the Magi to leave the area a different way, incapacitated Herod just long enough for Jesus and his parents to escape. (Matthew 2:1-15)
There might be times we face threats. We can look around and tangibly experience everything against us. And yet, if God has called us on a specific path or journey, we can count on Him to orchestrate our escape from the threats. We may see, hear, and possibly even feel the threats, but they will not subdue us if we obey and follow God. A passage from one of the most famous Psalms alludes to this:
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; (Psalm 23:3-4)
God is with us, even in the darkest valley, and can lead us out of the darkness if we allow him to.