This beautiful mug showed up last week for my birthday, a gift from my brother Ed. The thought of getting out of bed in the morning and sipping a cup of liquid manna from heaven (with the Wonder dog by my side) is now even more inviting.
Like so many other girls who grew up in the 70s and 80s, I wanted to be Wonder Woman when I was little. She was powerful, strong, and beautiful. I wanted to fight for justice, save the world from bad guys, wield my lasso of truth, and fly around in my invisible jet.
The Wonder in Weak
Today, I have different thoughts on what makes someone powerful, strong, and beautiful.
“If I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am.” (2 Corinthians 11:30)
This verse sure doesn’t sound like a verse the real Wonder Woman would have been thinking about while wielding her magic lasso. And yet, I see the beauty and the power in those words. I’ve seen and have been a part of communities of women (and men) who regularly admit that they don’t have it all together. They share their weaknesses and their struggles candidly and by doing so, they receive power and strength.
Looking back, I can say that admitting and accepting my weaknesses has always preceded the most empowering times in my life.
This act of acknowledgment is the magic lasso or the invisible plane. It’s the “weapon” to acquiring superhuman strength. I can’t even begin to explain to you how it works. I just know that each time I willingly and openly admit my limitations and my need for help, God takes me by the hand and leads me some place beautiful. He reminds me again and again that I am not alone. He reminds me that His power works in me and through me. He brings others into my life who willingly share their less than Wonder Woman moments with me and, in the process, superhuman power does arrive on the scene.
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9