Exchanges I have with my son while in the car or while out for a nightly walk end up being my favorite conversations we have during the day. And, last night as we walked our dog up the street was no exception.
“Mom, I know you once said that if you could have any superhero power in the world, you would want the power to fly.”
“Yep, that’s right.” I answered.
“But,what is the superhero power you would least want to have?” he asked.
“Hmm, let me think about that.” I responded. And after a moment…”I guess the power I would least want to have is the ability to turn into anything that I touch.” I answered.
“Oh, yeah, cause you might accidentally turn into dog poop.” he said laughing.
“Yeah, that would really stink.” I said. (No pun intended…put appropriate don’t you think?)
He went on to reason, that as a superhero, we would obviously have much more control over what object we turn into. So the poop predicament would be highly unlikely.
That’s a relief.
Okay, there’s really no graceful way to go from poop stories to Scripture lessons so I’m just going to dive right in.
The other day I started a new 30 day devotional walking me through the Book of Acts. This morning in Chapter 2, I read about how the Holy Spirit came onto the scene.
I loved the commentary for today’s reading. “These men and women were weak and imperfect human beings just like we are; some even smelled of fish!…When reading the exploits of the apostles, we sometimes think of them as superheroes. We may even make them super saints, elevating them to a level far beyond anything we could ever attain, enjoy, or experience. But God is no respecter of persons! It was not their cleverness, intellectual prowess, or administrative genius that caused them to be successful in leading people a world away with the good news of Jesus; it was the awesome power of the Holy Spirit working in and through them.”
After reading this, I thought about the superhero conversation I had with my son last night. And just like my son did, I reasoned something out in my head. If God has the incredible ability and power to put the Spirit inside us then doesn’t it make sense that the way He chooses to work and accomplish this will be the most effective way? He’s not going to give us the Spirit and then drop the ball somewhere along the way. There’s not going to be some hiccup in the plan.
God knew exactly what He was doing 2000 years ago when He sent the Spirit to enter that house and each believer that was there. And He knew exactly what He was doing the day His Spirit came to each of us and every day after that day too.
So why do we so often live out our days doubting His plan? Why do we live our lives putting limitations on the power, the might, and the wisdom that is freely available?
So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6)
Oh, and of course I need to ask…what super hero power would you most/least want to have?