My family and I have this love affair with the movie The Incredibles. We love how it reveals that these superheroes are actually people with flaws and fears, but through all that they have a purpose: to be a superhero. They don’t do it perfectly & their actions don’t make everyone happy and cheer. In the movie, they get put into hiding when there’s an outrage against a save that didn’t go the way the public wanted; what they were created to do was taken away from them, and it’s depressing. Eventually, they start doing hero stuff again. They have this hysterical superhero outfit designer named Edna who helps them with their “supersuits” based on their special gifts. In a funny part, Edna demands, “NO CAPES!” I freaking love this because she has seen how so many superheroes lost their lives because their showy, no purpose cape always brought the deceased superheroes to their end…caught in propellers, etc.
I am blessed to know some awesome superheroes; people doing extraordinary, unusual things this summer to share Christ with people through various, non glamorous ways. These are “ordinary people” to most, but extraordinary to me and so many whom they have and will serve this summer. Isaiah 6:8 says,”Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Throughout the Bible, those who stepped up and said, “Send me,” knew they were doing something a little scary. There is never a guarantee that everything will go smoothly, that the rescue mission will go as planned. When you’re on a mission, you are thrown into the unexpected, not everyone likes you all the time, and it sometimes hurts- a lot.
Because of this, I ask that you join me in prayer for my friends who are flying with no capes.
Thank you, Lord, for sending these individuals to step out of the every day and say yes to flying with no capes in order to bring Your love to many. Lord, I pray that you guide and encourage them on their journey. Lord, stepping outside of our comfort zones takes a courage that only You can provide. Give my friends and family Your courage & peace that reaches beyond all understanding. Lord, lead them to those You have prepared for them to reach. Give them strength and laughter in the face of adversity. And most of all, may You shine through their hearts, words, and actions. We love you, Lord. Thank You for these awesome servants.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.