Chapter 12, “Rescue Me,” pages 88 – 90, Through the Valley of the Shadow
In Chapter 10, Marcy James was attacked by several men and nearly raped except for the arrival of a couple of police officers. Chapter 11, “Runaway,” Marcy finds she is being stalked by one of her attackers and is pursued and chased in a car chase to her apartment. What she fears is her attacker following her to the elevator to her apartment, turns out to be Josh Crockett, a friend, who escorts her safely to her apartment. But are they safe?
“I hope I haven’t placed you in danger by asking you in,” Marcy declares as she sits herself down on the couch and gestures for Josh to sit next to her.
“Why would you fear for my safety?” Josh asks when he has settled next to her.
Marcy relays the meeting with Geoff’s wife and Geoff afterwards and then the attackers and the threat to Geoff as the attackers fled when the police arrive.
“I tell you all that,” Marcy continues, “to help explain why I am an emotional wreck right now and why I fear I may be endangering anyone near me at this moment.”
“I think the threat makes that clear,” Josh states. “But I can’t help but think there is more.”
Marcy clasps both of Josh’s hands with her hands.
“Yes,” Marcy declares, “Today I was as close to the one who held me at knife point as I am to you.”
This shocks Josh for a second, but then he feels a strong urge to wrap his arms around Marcy and just hold her. He hesitates, but then slides closer to her and puts his arm around her shoulder. Marcy does not pull back, but instead snuggles in close to Josh resting her head on his shoulder. Marcy experiences some peace and feels Josh’s strength enter her body. She is so glad Josh showed up and she invited him in.
For several moments, Marcy rests on Josh’s shoulder gaining strength. She begins to debate within herself the wisdom of this, but it is so comforting and it is exactly what she needs at this moment. Josh, too, enjoys this moment. He came to see Marcy and talk about his strong feelings for Marcy and to see if she still feels only friendship for Josh. He also knows it would be selfish for him to discuss that, now.
Suddenly, there is a single, hard bang against Marcy’s door. Then, someone raps three times at the door. Josh and Marcy both tense up. Marcy and Josh look at each other.
“Is someone there?” Marcy asks as she remains folded in Josh’s arms before both head to the door.
There is no response. Marcy peaks through the peep hole in the door, but sees nothing. She gesture to Josh to take a look. Josh peers through the hole and sees nothing.
Slowly, Josh opens the door and reviews the hallway through the space made by opening the door only slightly. Seeing nothing, he opens the door wide enough to stick his head out and look up and down the short hallway that leads to the elevator. It is then that he notices what caused the single, hard bang.
He gestures to Marcy to come around next to him and view what he views on the outside of the door to her apartment. When Marcy sees what Josh points at, she gasps and quickly jumps back inside the apartment. There hanging from what appears to be a large hunting knife is a colorful bikini.
Unconsciously standing with hands folded in front of her, Marcy declares, “I just purchased that before I was chased.”
“Chased?” Josh asks.
“Yes, I think I was being chased here by the man I saw,” Marcy states. “At least, I think it was him, but I can’t be sure.”
“Why didn’t you call the police?” Josh wonders.
“I couldn’t be sure,” Marcy replies, “Besides what would I tell them?”
“Well,” Josh answers pointing to the door, “You have something to tell them, now.”
Rescue Me, Fontella Bass. 1965
The chapter titles in Through the Valley of the Shadow are also song titles. This song not only shares the same title as the chapter, but possibly Marcy’s feelings at this moment in the novel.
“Rescue Me” is a rhythm and blues song first recorded and released as a single by Fontella Bass in 1965. The original versions of the record, and BMI, give the songwriting credit to Raynard Miner and Carl William Smith, although many other sources also credit Bass herself as a co-writer. It would prove the biggest hit of Bass’s career, reaching #1 on the R&B charts for four weeks and placing at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Rescue Me” also peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. (Read more about the song and artists at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_Me_(Fontella_Bass_song))
The point of all this is that we all need rescued. God has rescued us from the darkness of the penalty of sin.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14, New International Version
But sometimes, like Marcy, we need rescued from the darkness life can bring. Love and understanding bring the light that penetrates that darkness.
Through the Valley of the Shadow presents an alternative to revenge as a means as justice in the form of love and understanding – justice for even the predator. It is said that revenge is getting even. I agree if by even you mean lowering yourself to the same level. This is what you do when you hurt those who hurt you.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12: 17 -21, New International Version
Sometimes we all need rescued. Sometimes we are the rescuer.
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A romantic intrigue fiction novel: Marcy James finds her easy, rich life disrupted. She is confused about her feelings for Josh Crockett and Geoff Westin. But this dilemma becomes the least of her issues when she is attacked and nearly raped by a gang and continually stalked by one of the attackers.
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