TSoA: Chapter 43: Isis All Alone
Since Murphy is so very concerned about the safety of his team, and especially Isis…he has left Isis all alone at Camp 2.
All by herself. With no satellite phone, either.
Because he cares about her safety so very much.
Yeah, just…um…just go with it.
(Oh, and note that Fearless’s murderous plan as to Isis was simply to leave her to freeze. Looks like he understood exactly how protective of her Murphy really is.)
So, instead of translating and studying the oldest writing known to man, Isis breaks down and packs up two of the six tents at Camp 2. I realize this is no easy work, being on a mountain and all, but I kinda get the feeling that LaHaye and Phillips assigned her this task because it is “feminine” and “domestic.”
A blizzard kicks up, and Isis takes cover in one of the remaining tents, and I can’t help but feel that this is the very situation where it would help to have a mountaineering companion.
But no. It is time for Isis to take her first tentative steps towards being a full-fledged RTC and helpmeet to her RTC Man.
Sitting alone in the raging blizzard…
She felt herself give something up—the pretense that she could control things, that she was in charge—and at the same time she felt herself inviting something else in.
Ha! Silly nonbelieving Isis! Thinking for a moment that she was “in charge” and controlling everything.
Wait…atheists don’t think that.
I hear this so often from RTCs online and on TV and radio. “Atheists think they are their own gods, that they’re totally in control of everything in their lives.”
Well, except for the weather and everyday events and, oh yeah, THE THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS OF THE BILLIONS OF OTHER HUMANS ON THE PLANET.
Now, certainly these RTCs consider atheists arrogant and foolish, but they must also think that atheists have it really easy.
Her thoughts turn, ever so naturally, to Murphy and how he was totally right about everything (of course he was):
[The ark] was proof that the Bible was literally true. And not just the story of Noah and the ark.
It was proof that one judgment had come.
And that another was surely coming soon.
And that Murphy’s God is a sociopathic mass murderer.
Okay, Isis doesn’t think that.
But she should.
If it came now, she wondered, would I be one of the ones on the ark? Or would I be one of the foolish ones who stayed outside, jeering and laughing until the floodwaters swept them away into oblivion?
Would I be one of the lucky women, bound by marriage to the only man who got direct word from God? Or would I be one of the millions who never even met this “Noah” person or heard about a worldwide flood that would kill anyone who had the temerity not to listen to one crazy old man?
Oh, Isis. It saddens me, seeing you walk down this road.
And, proving that she is a much nicer person than RTC Murphy, Isis prays…for him.
If the judgment comes now, God, please look kindly on Murphy. If I can make a difference by praying about it, please spare him…
It’s pretty interesting that Isis adds that bit—if I can make a difference by praying about it. After all, isn’t Murphy’s God supposed to be all-knowing, to have everything planned out, to know already exactly what will happen? I mean, he already knows what’s going to happen to Murphy—why would Isis’s prayer make a difference?
So, yeah, Isis prays for Murphy, but not for herself, even though she’s the one alone in a blizzard. She falls asleep, and when she wakes up, the blizzard is over.
But her headlamp goes out.
And I just can’t help but observe that her situation might be improved if another human being was with her at Camp 2.
But she is alone. On a mountain. In the dark.
Because Murphy cares very much.