“A 20-ounce latte, please.” Yum, my standing order. But my friend doesn’t want any milk in hers; she orders two shots of espresso in the bottom of a tall, empty cup—then fills it with regular coffee. Some places call that a Red Eye; our shop calls it “Shots in the Dark”.
Every week, she just waltzes into our little haunt, steps to the counter, and chirps, “Give me Shots in the Dark.” [**giggle**] I’m sure she’d positively cringe if she consciously considered that this little buzz phrase has been used for creeping around in the dark doing dirty deeds—in stories by novelists, movie producers, even Ozzy Osbourne. (I’ll take a shot in the dark here, and guess that very few of my readers knew that last bit, Ha.)
Let’s face it, the dark is where scary stuff happens. Ezekiel 8:12b “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols?
Speaking of coffee, as my husband and I shared some this morning I attempted to convey to him the black darkness from which I was delivered years ago. Whenever I try to detail this to my family (like at Christmas when I explain how I sang carols like a drone), I come away feeling like there is no way for them to comprehend my meaning. It’s hard to put into words such an abstract concept, but it is nonetheless true; I was a humanoid with no cognizance that God reigns. Ephesians 4:18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…
It’s been so many years, and—Blessed Be His Name—God has given me some level of blessing and understanding. Christ is my Light and Salvation! John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
So from now on, when I hear my friend order her “Shots in the Dark”, I’ll take a moment… and thank the Lord.