Are You Wearing Your Cape?
Oct 23, 2016 03:58AM
By Bonnie Lyn Smith
As he got ready for school one morning earlier this week, I asked my 10 year old, usually known as “Little Man,” if he wanted me to drive him like I usually do on a Wednesday so he didn't have to drag his bulky, heavy instrument (bell kit and drum pad) up the stairs of the bus.
His response: "I really feel like I have to go on the bus today."
Me: "Why do you feel you have to go on the bus today?"
Little Man: "Because there's a kid on the bus who is being bullied, and I'm sometimes the only one on the morning bus who stands up for him. Then I share the intel with another friend who knows him better at school, and we decide whether we need to tell an adult."
Okay, so besides the obvious, what I love about this is that Little Man believed in his superhero cape. He didn’t look to see if it was attached. He didn’t ask someone where he left it. He didn’t give it to someone else. He also didn’t consider himself unworthy of wearing it.
He confidently stepped out knowing he had his cape on and that there was a job to do. It was his call of duty.
How about you? Me?
Are we wearing ours?
And do we even believe our capes to be there?
So many situations pass us by in our everyday lives. We can’t possibly respond to all of them, but are we listening for the ones we are intended to respond to?
Did you know God has already planned our good works for us? We just need to step into them in faith.
Ephesians 2:10, ESV, Apostle Paul speaking
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
There are so many people out there who need an advocate, big and small:
- The elderly lady having a hard time being taken seriously by medical personnel at her appointment
- The non-native-English speaker unsure of how to fill out the driver’s license application
- The child with special needs who isn’t being well-received by his peers
- The teen depressed and on the margins at school, alone at the lunch table, just getting by
- The divorcée or widow unsure who how to navigate her finances after 40 years of marriage
- The new guy at work who can’t seem to catch on to the way the office is run
- The addict, clean three years and counting, who needs a chance at a steady job
- The abuse victim who needs a cheerleader to remind her of the extent of her personal strength so she can keep away from her abuser
The list goes on and on. Perhaps, at times, we need an advocate. It’s a role I’ve known in many ways over the years for my own children (special education, medical needs, bully situations, etc.), but it’s also one I’ve needed when I was broken, abandoned, and despairing.
Whichever one you are at the moment—donning your cape, or in need of a superhero—you’re in luck! The power source can be found here:
Ephesians 6:10-18, ESV, Apostle Paul speaking
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…
The power to fight comes from having our “capes” on but also keeping them fortified in the true power source, the strength of His might:
- Belt of truth
- Breastplate of righteousness
- Shoes for your feet (gospel of peace)
- Shield of faith
- Helmet of salvation
- Sword of the Spirit (word of God)
Wow, that’s quite an outfit! Even Captain America would be envious!
But it’s the truth. When we are prayerful and place our faith in Christ, we can wear this every day of our lives. It not only protects us, providing God’s instant advocacy on our behalf by protecting us, but it girds us for battles we take on to help other people.
We need this assurance, don’t we? When we go out and fight a just cause God has assigned to us, we don’t advocate without provision, but we have to "suit up" in prayer and in the armor He offers us.
By the same token, we should learn to recognize the source of the cape flying in front of our eyes when God sends us help in our time of need.
Author Bonnie Lyn Smith writes about parenting, marriage, mental health advocacy, special education, faith in the valleys of life, the healing cloak of Jesus, drawing healthy boundaries, relational healing, renewing our minds, walking with a Holy God, and much ado about grace. Join the conversation at Espressos of Faith.
Her book, Not Just on Sundays: Seeking God’s Purpose in Each New Day, offers anecdotes on all of these subjects and Scripture for each situation as well as Book Discussion Questions for deeper exploration.