My Superhero

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
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I smelled rubber as the sedan screeched to a halt. With legs spread, palms stretched wide, and arms waving, my three-year-old son, Matthew, stood in front of the car with an expression of delight. How had he slipped his hand out of mine? I scooped my son into my arm, tightened my grip on my daughter's hand, and approached the driver's side of the car. I apologized profusely.

Once inside the grocery store, I set my son in the cart seat and lifted my daughter into the basket.

"Son, what were you thinking?" I asked, dumbfounded.

"I'm Superman! I stop car!" Matthew said. He flexed his muscles to demonstrate his power.

"Mom," my daughter said, "That was neat."

"Not exactly," I said, knowing that I'd ask my husband to discuss street safety with the children later that evening. I'll put the superhero videos away for a while, I thought, but I knew that that would be futile.

To my three- and four-year-old children, superheroes were as real as Charlotte the spider who lived on the back porch, and I was not permitted to sweep her web away in case she wanted to write a message. The Easter Bunny lived in the neighbourhood — my children had seen him. Sure enough, Gilligan was going to teach my children boating skills — as soon as he got off the island. And Mr. Rogers certainly would bring Lady Elaine and Daniel for a visit soon.

Superheroes empower children. With their imagination activated, they can envision the world as a safe place to grow, learn, and play. Once we become adults, we lose that safety net of knowing that there is a superpower greater than ourselves … or do we? With faith activated, we can know the One who is more majestic than any imaginary superhero, and whose name is mightier than any name that is named.

Are you looking for a Superhero? Look no farther than Jesus Christ. He is the One who carries our fears — so that we don't have to. He is the One who activates our dreams — even those that we gave up on ever achieving. Jesus Christ is the One who restores broken lives — He heals the body that aches and the doctors haven't been able to find the ailment or the cure. Jesus reinstates the marriage that is shredding apart day-by-day, as we grasp for dying love. Jesus provides bread on our table when the mortgage is due and the dollars are few.

Paul pens a picture of our Superhero:

1 Timothy 1:15b – Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (KJV)

Even though Paul committed great sins, he knew that Jesus Christ saved and transformed him. I like that, because it lets us know that we qualify, regardless of the ways that we've messed up. With Christ's superpowers as the only begotten Son of God, He chose to live, die, and be raised to life to pardon us. Jesus has a beautiful future for us. This is why Paul pens this praise:

1 Timothy 1:17 – Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (KJV)

How can we thank our Superhero, Jesus Christ, as eloquently as Paul did? Even though we are adults, God has placed within us the indelible gift of imagination. As we pray, we can envision with childlike faith just how majestic our Superhero truly is. And He is real!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to envision our real-life Superhero, Jesus Christ, in all of His majesty and splendour. Amen.

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Diane Virginia Cunio <>
Germanton, North Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thanks, Diane. Great story and application!

    Thank you for a devotional with a different slant.

    (BC Canada)

    Well-said, Diane. Grateful for the contemporary setting you invoke with this graphic message today.

    Amen and thank you for your beautiful example of God in your children.

    Dear Diane,
    Thank you for a devotional that is a bit different yet can meet some people well.
    God bless you.

    When our youngest was three, he wanted to be superman. I found an old towel for his cape. Caught him ready to “fly” out a bedroom window. I can so relate to your story and also thank God for his love and protection.

    Thank you for this well written piece. My batman grandson just hurt his elbow attempting a risky jump. I’ve forwarded your message to my family as it will have special meaning to them. I look forward to your next lesson.

    Diane, Your heart must have lept into your throat at your son’s antics! I trust he’s had a reality check. Thanks for sharing this delightful devotional with us. And yes, Jesus is way more than a TV superhero! Blessings.

    Hello Diane,
    The Lord certainly was right there with your son, saving him from any injury. The Lord truly is our “super hero” and always on duty and ready and waiting to accept us into His loving care as we declare our faith and trust in Him.
    Thank you for writing.

    Diane, what an incredible devotional, especially for the young parents, and maybe even the grandparents. I am a great-great-grandmother so have a long way to look back when I had young ones. TV was new and they had no exposure as to what came later. I live with family who love to watch the excellent family shows they grew up watching. Now the “family” shows are unreal.
    Continue to write as the Lord has given you a real gift. May he bless you in many special and surprising ways.

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