Last night I watched again the movie, The Count of Monte Cristo. The 2002 film features Mt. Vernon, Washington native, Jim Caviezel who plays Edmond Dantes. Edmond is a virtuous young man who is betrayed by his best friend and ends up exiled in a prison on an island, a sort of French Alcatraz.
For years Edmond is imprisoned in solitary confinement and tortured with regularity until one day he is surprised by another prisoner who mistakenly has dug a tunnel into Edmond’s cell rather than out of the prison. The other prisoner is a priest who befriends and mentors Edmond.
It’s a great story of redemption that is told well in the movie. I draw your attention to one line for reflection.
On a day when the priest is about to die Edmond speaks of his desire for revenge on his betrayers. The old priest exhorts that he must not pursue revenge because, “Revenge is Mine says the Lord.” Edmond declares, “I don’t believe in God.” The old priest replies, “You may not believe in God, but God believes in you.”
God believes in you. God daily pursues you. Edmond later discovered how real and redemptive God is. Perhaps today would be a good day to pray a prayer; “God, would You show Yourself to me in some way that I can get it?”