What’s Happening Wednesday: Superhero Theology

I spent this three-day weekend binge-watching superhero shows. We were snowed in, and I had no desire to leave my house.

Anyway, I was immediately drawn to WandaVision. At first glance, it appears to be a love story. It looks like a 1950s sitcom, but by the third episode you realize that there is something much deeper going on than the “I Love Lucy”-like shenaningans.

At it’s heart, it is definitely a love story. But it is also about how creating your own reality can greatly impact the people around you. In creating a bubble around her own family, Wanda Maximoff had actually walled off authentic relationships with others. Her desire to protect what she loved came at a great cost to other people around her. In her efforts to keep others out, she actually imprisoned the people in her bubble.

In the midst of this pandemic, I, too, wanted to build a force field around my home. But I can’t keep my family home forever. As much as I want to keep them (and myself) safe, I know I would be doing us all a disservice if I never let them out into the world. My kiddos are superheroes in their own ways, and the world needs them.

I, too, have gifts that I could offer the world. I am sure you do, too. The entire universe is waiting on us to use our God-given abilities to make this world a better place, but we have to leave our bubbles to do it.

My prayer for us today is that we stop hiding behind whatever walls we’ve built, and show the world what we’re really made of.

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