I Lost My Superpowers
They say if you don’t use it you will lose it. But, I was using it all the time to help as many people as I could. You see, I used to be that guy you could call on for anything at anytime. With God’s help I would leap over tall buildings and fly over to help you get through whatever the crisis at hand. You could say that the desire to be a super hero ran strong through my veins. Who am I kidding it still does.
There is only one big problem. I keep discovering daily that I’ve lost my superpowers. Dealing with the greatest of crisis was always my calling. With God’s help I was able to help when others felt they couldn’t help. I’ve been by the dying bedside of hundreds. I’ve counseled many marriages that seemed hopeless back to hope. I’ve always done things that others either couldn’t or wouldn’t.
Now, if I try dealing with even one major crisis I quickly begin crumbling. I use to deal with more in a day than I can seem to do now in a year. My severe nerve pain has forced me to get rid of my cape. I’m no longer at people’s bedside, but I’m now doing most of my ministry from my bed. My health keeps knocking me down and has long ago took away my super powers.
I believe it’s in these painful transition seasons we must embrace our new identity. Maybe we never had any superpowers of our own. Maybe it was God’s superpowers flowing through us to do those things we did before. Maybe God still has a mission for us now that just looks a bit different than the one before. And if we call ourselves believers in Jesus Christ then we know God’s superpowers called the “Holy Spirit” still lives within us.
“This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:13)
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11)