I can remember as a child dreaming of being a superhero. I wanted to do something amazing with my life. I wanted to be able to fly, to have bullets bounce off my chest, and to be faster than a speeding locomotive. I wanted to be Superman. As I have aged and my perspective has changed, I am now just grateful when I can stand up straight with little or no back pain. There will be no leaping tall buildings in a single bound.
The fragile nature of life continues to weigh on my mind. This hit home on a more personal note today with a relative being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. The shock of the diagnosis, absorbing all the medical information regarding next steps, and the uncertainty that lies ahead can weigh heavily on the mind of the person diagnosed (as well as close family members). In these difficult moments we realize with certainty that we aren't the man of steel.
Thankfully, we find strength and hope in Jesus Christ. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Each one of us can tap into this spiritual source which is much greater than Superman. We have the privilege of being able to tap into THE SOURCE! The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit is with each of us. Can you imagine what our world would look like if each Christian truly tapped into that grace, that love, that mercy, and that healing power of almighty God? We wouldn't need Superman. The transforming love of God is more powerful than anything Superman has to offer.
Unfortunately, Christians frequently operate from a mode of mediocrity. It doesn't look like we truly believe in the power of God. Is a cure in store for my friend who was diagnosed today? I don't know. However, I do know he will experience healing. God will touch him and his family with a fresh fire and extravagant grace in the days ahead. The glory of God will be revealed. We pray in hope, and hope does not disappoint.
My word of hope and encouragement to all who suffer is simply this:
Walk in the Spirit of God!