Superheroes are all the rage today.
Wonder Woman. Spiderman. Thor. Iron Man. Captain America. Ant-man. Superman. Supergirl. Arrow. Flash. Green Lantern.
We see these superheroes as brave and bold. They put their own lives at risk to save others – people they don’t even know. They dive into burning buildings and fly through the skies. They stand in front of buses and bullets. They have powers that make it possible for them to be superhuman. To be superheroes.
Everybody wants to save the world. Everybody wants to be a superhero.
Well, at least I do.
I want to be able to save the people I love from hurt. I want to be able to fix things. I want to be able to keep my friends from harm and take away their pain. I want to make sure that all of the kids have something to eat and there is clean water to drink. I want to find a cure for cancer and every other disease. I want to make sure that the people I love are cared for, healthy, and happy.
But I’m not a superhero.
We may not be able to fly like Superman or have super speed like the Flash. We don’t have an indestructible shield or hammer. We can’t become tiny and fly through keyholes like Ant-Man. We can’t shoot webs out of our hands.
But we have something better.
We have the God of the Universe on our side. The One who created the cosmos and keeps it turning. The One who counts the hairs on our heads and the stars in the sky. The One who we call Father, Savior, Friend.
I may not be able to take away my friends’ pain or fix all of the problems of this world. I may not be able to cure cancer or end world hunger. I may not be able to fix everything or save my friends from getting hurt.
But I can entrust them to the God who made them, who loves them, and who will work in and through their lives for His glory.
That doesn’t always mean that the cancer goes away or the wayward child returns home. That doesn’t always mean that things get easier or there’s not anything that can hurt us.
I don’t need to be a superhero because God is bigger than any superhero in our comic books or on our TV screens. I don’t need to save the world because Jesus’ death already did that. I don’t need to be able to fly to pray for my family. I don’t need to be able to run fast to support and encourage my friends. I don’t need to have an indestructible shield to ward off the enemy’s attacks. All I need is Jesus.
He’s the hero of this story, of my story, of your story. I don’t need to be a superhero because I serve the greatest superhero of all. Sometimes all I need to do is get out of the way and let Him work. Boldly let Him work through me. Let Him change the world – one heart at a time. Starting with mine.