Thursday, February 11, 2010

Just Who is A Real Super Hero?

If your child is anything like mine, when it is time to go to bed I think his little mind just starts wondering and thinking of any little question he could ask about anything and everything.  Sometimes I can get the strangest questions at that time.  Although strange they may be, I cherish these times with my son!

Well, last night as I was telling Riley goodnight, he asked about Superman and what was he like?  Where did he get his powers?  Did I know anything else about Superman that I could tell him?  Oh my, was my memory being tested!  I hadn't seen the movie Superman in years, so I had to work hard to remember what I was able to remember.  Then he asked me about Batman and what happened that caused Batman to get his powers.  I was a little concerned that Batman was a little too "dark" of a topic to cover right before bedtime so I put that one off till daytime.

As we were talking Riley asked me, "how do they know where to be all the time and help people?"  I told him I didn't think they were able to be everywhere they needed to be because they weren't able nor were they real.  He told me he understood that they were not real but I could tell that wasn't the type of answer he was looking for.  So I said, "You know Riley, there is a true SuperHero that can be everywhere He needs to be for everyone of His children when He needs to be there."  "Really?"  I said, "Yes, do you know who He is?"  Riley said, "God?"  I said, "You bet!  He is the only one who sees everything, knows everything, and can tackle anything,  He even knows what will happen before it happens.  Can Superman or Batman do that?"  He said, "no."  I told him that it was ok to like Super Heros like Superman and Batman but ultimately we need to remember who the real Super Hero is and that is God.

As we were talking about it, this verse came to my mind (don't you just love it when He does that? :-)):
2Chronicles 16:9
"For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars."

It seems I am being reminded often the importance of giving all of my heart to God and not withholding any portion of it.  Our Bible lessons during school last week focused on Joshua and Caleb and because they gave God all of their hearts He blessed them in their inheritance of the land of Canaan.  He also blessed them in conquering the heathen nations that inhabited the land before the children of Israel arrived there.  Caleb was 85 years old when he acquired his portion of the land of Canaan.  He chose one of the most rough pieces of land available that was already inhabited by a heathen nation.  God gave him the ability and resources he needed to conquer this nation so he could inhabit the land.  At 85 years old!

We later went on in our lessons to hear how the nation of Israel forsook their God and worshiped Idols and married people from the heathen nations.  As a result of their disobedience the Israelite s fell into this vicious cycle, of Idolatry, bondage, then repentance and God would send a Judge to rescue them and bring them to rest.

How often do I hang on to one little piece of something that happened several days ago, or worse yet, several years ago.  Or that something that I deem more important or of so little consequence that God won't know, but He does.  Because I can't let go and lay it at His feet or seek forgiveness and repent I am withholding a part of my heart from my Almighty God, my Heavenly Father who wants to offer me joy, peace, healing and prosperity.  Then I wonder why things fall apart or don't work out quite the way I think they should go.  The whole time I am hanging on to whatever it is He is standing there beside me seeing exactly what it is that I'm hanging on to.  Waiting patiently till I lay it at His feet.  Picking me up when I've allowed it to cause me to stumble.  And then when I've let go of it and placed it before Him, He welcomes me into His loving arms and comforts me like no one else can.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
11'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
 12'Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
 13'You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

He is my Comforter, my fortress, my source of strength, my Super Hero.  I know little boys will look up to and get all excited about Spiderman, Superman, Batman and the Hulk but my prayer is that one day Riley will see God as his True Super Hero.  I'm positive God is not done showing me all He wants me to know about this and my prayer for myself is that I will remember who the One true source of strength, power, wisdom, peace and joy is.  And that I will strive to give him my whole heart.


Karen said...

This was beautiful...
Don't you love it how God will remind you of a verse you have hidden in your heart to minister and guide your child (ren)? I know I sure do, because my human self can never find the right words.

What a good life lesson you had today...

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