“I have a bad feeling about this.”
I surely hope most of my readers know that line: a near quote of it appears once or twice in every Star Wars movie.
[e.g.“Artoo, I have a bad feeling about this.” –C-3PO, when entering Jabba the Hutt’s palace.]
Droids aren’t the only ones that recognize when things are amiss. Call it intuition, gut, or just plain street smarts, but our brains are geared to collect facts from all sides; we store the data, sometimes over the course of quite some time. And then it comes: the instant of knowledge when one becomes deeply aware that there are pure evil shenanigans afoot.
TV’s Adrian Monk has an especially adroit hinky meter. He’s always the first to experience the pieces of the puzzle gravitating together. Meanwhile, the rest of us are scratching our heads trying to make sense of it all. But eventually, a light comes on. There’s a paradigm shift: what hitherto had been ridiculous, is unexpectedly diabolical. “I have a bad feeling about this.”
You’ve been there, haven’t you? The petty cash drawer came up short again this week. You start the car, and it’s nearly out of gas—but you just filled the tank on your way home last night. Your current date—and your best friend—have stopped returning your calls. It’s a mystery; an unknown. You can’t put your finger on it, but the more you know, the more you realize, “Something’s just not right.”
Sadly, in the world we live in, along with hinky—usually comes stinky. I guess that’s why the U. S. has over a million lawyers…
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.