2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
Somedays I have a problem with my finitude.
Well let’s be real here every day I have a problem with my finitude.
Remember Toy Story’s Buzz Light Year and his classic line: “To Infinity …and Beyond!” Somedays I want to be a superhero like Buzz.
When I was an 8 year old child growing up in Houston, Texas I WAS a superhero.
I remember getting one of our bath towels and cloths pinning it to my t-shirt to make a cape. I would get a garbage can lid and a stick and run up and down the drive way, jumping off the back porch.
I was, at least in my mind a superhero. I could conqueror anything.
You see even now I want control, I want certainty, I want to conqueror everything!
My pride now and even at 8 years of age tells me I can control everything in life by being smarter or faster. Our culture has been promoting this overtly and covertly for decades.
I want more strength and more information. With it I can be more efficient, cleverer, I can conquer all my doubts and maybe even with the latest science I can conquer my disease.
But as I grow in the grace of my Lord and mature in my faith I realize that God desires me to be transformed more than informed. He even desires for me to be weak and sometimes sick instead of being healed. (2 Corinthians 12:9).
America has been gifted with making movies into an art form. It is a convergence of many artful things.
Currently at theatres is the movie, Avengers: Infinity Wars. It is the culmination of at least 10 previous films. But interestingly this is not an Avengers film; Infinity Wars is the story of Thanos; the villain.
Thano’s self-proclaimed mission is Murder for the greater good. Think Hitler or Stalin. He believes if he can kill half the population of the galaxy he will restore balance.
The Hero’s in this film are compelled by this great evil to help all of humanity, often sacrificing themselves for the greater good.
Humanity and The Avengers faced their finitude. They were only capable of doing so much, just as we are.
Our lives are an unfolding of a great and unending story, set in motion by our creator. Our Lord Christ Jesus was the greatest story teller-his parables were and are the epitome of storytelling.
Fleming Rutledge in her book, The Crucifixion points out that our Lords story is not a story to be found anywhere else. She goes on to say; “In the divine invasion of this world, the Powers that have been allowed to rule in “this present evil age” are disarmed by the Powers of the world to come, that is, by the weapons of the Spirit. Christ the Lord is Victor even in the midst of the suffering of his followers.”