Years-upon-years ago I was a child. I grew up in the 60’s (so yes it was a very long time ago!) and during the 60’s we children were quite amazed with what we called comic books. I liked to entertain myself with a variety of comic books as a kid. At some point in my early comic book reading I discovered Superman comics. And, to my delight, I also watched the corresponding black and white show on television. I loved Superman, because he always fought for “Truth, justice, and the American way!” Let’s face it Superman was well — super! He had x-ray vision, heat vision, cold breath, enhanced hearing, he could stop a bullet, he was very fast, he had superhuman strength, he was fearless, he was protective of innocent people, he always got the bad guy, he was humble, and best of all he could fly! What’s not to love about that?
And as a child I had an magnificent imagination, which was probably helped by those utterly fantastic comic books I read. I used to think quite a bit about if I had a superpower just what would it be? Would I want to climb buildings and swing around to get the villains like Spider-Man? Would I want to be the Flash and run super fast and phase though time or objects? Would I want to be the Invisible Man and be able to slip in and out of places undetected? Would I want to be like Wonder Woman with her super strength, wisdom, ability to communicate with animals, she could fly, she could use her lasso which compels others to tell the truth, stop bullets with her bracelets, a magical sword, and best yet — a tiara.
I decided that if I could have one, and only one, superpower it would be the ability to fly. I imagined myself flying to all sorts of places, seeing tall mountains with magnificent waterfalls cascading over the edge, fantastic beaches, being up in the lower earth orbit and looking down at earth, I could hover above the other children in school – which would help when I got tired of sitting at my desk. It was that imagined superpower of flying that fueled many dreams where I was often flying around on my own.
I must confess, I don’t have the ability to fly. I can’t see through walls. I sometimes have to ask my husband to open up a jar with a tight lid. I don’t run fast (bad back and and a wimpy knee). I cannot compel others to tell the truth. I cannot scale buildings nor swing around from fiber produced from my wrists. I cannot dodge a bullet. Although I will say that my hearing is pretty good, and I do have a tiara — I wore it at my wedding.
So, it’s safe to say that I am not a superhero in any shape, manner, or form. I’m just me. But I have the greatest superhero ever on my side: Jesus! And unlike the others that I mentioned here, Jesus is not fictional character. Who could ever be a better superhero than God Himself? After all God can do anything – He’s utterly invincible. He doesn’t have any weakness that will take away His superpowers. And better yet, He lives inside of me as the Holy Spirit. Just like the Prophet Elisha, He has an invisible army of heavenly hosts ready at His directive to surround and protect me.* And I believe that time, after time, they’ve been there and I was unaware of them.
And just like Superman, Wonder Woman, and the like, we too have a master villain in our lives that wants to trip us up and ruin us. Try as he might to wreck havoc in my life, the Devil, and his minions are no match for my ultimate superhero. There are times, and there will be more of them, when I may occasionally be down and out. Just like those fictional superheroes, I will occasionally have to muster my mind and body to respond to the threats of the villain. Here’s what I know – that enemy will always be defeated, after all Jesus, the ultimate superhero can never, ever be defeated. My triune God – The Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit they always save the day!
My superpower? A personal relationship with Jesus, which gives me unlimited forgiveness and agape love. I’ll take that any day over the ability to fly!
What’s your superpower?
* 2 Kings 6:15-17 (ESV)
15 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
16 He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.