Wednesday, September 19, 2012

At 50, I've Realized Some Super Powers!


“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 1:18 – 20 (emphasis added)


As I grew up in West Texas, I did not have a favorite super hero. I never wondered how I would manage to save mankind while moments away from being smashed to death by two walls closing in on me. (A predicament often seen in the old Batman shows.)

My eyes were filled with stars and hearts and I dreamed of being the wife of John Boy Walton or being the 7th Brady Bunch member. Robbie Walton. Robbie Brady. Nice sound to it, right?

But I did watch the show “Wonder Woman” and sat amazed at the powers of a woman with a perfect figure, invisible plane and jewelry that could shoot lasers.

I just turned 50! Half of a century of living. I am a wonder woman in my own right, just as any gal who has turned 50. The other day my friend Desha from California and I were talking about my home of Colorado of 5 years. She said, “You can drive in snow? That’s a super power.”

It got me thinking about the super powers I have obtained through my time here on earth. Here’s my list. See if you relate:

• I am able to balance a checkbook while finding extra money for a night out with my family. This takes x-ray vision to see the available pennies.


• I can take a nap almost anywhere at any time, even though I am an extremely light sleeper.

• I am able to make myself invisible in order to keep eyes on my boy. Most moms have this power.

• My ears can attune to a hurt friend even when it’s not apparent. This power is a recent one, a true gift of maturity.

• Although I am nowhere near being faster than a speeding bullet, I can locate a sale item in a store faster than any 20-something.

• Instead of being able to scale the sides of buildings, I am proud to say that I have the super power of scaling the wall of fear and flipping myself over. With time, my super power of courage has multiplied.

• And finally, I can fly through the stupidity of inane chatter and gossip, jealous biting and trivial pettiness. Words that attempt to hurt me and make noise to distract me from God’s message have become simple obstacles to fly through, my cape flapping in the wind.
   
Do you have some of these same powers? I hope you do and I hope it hasn’t or won’t take you 50 years to realize them. Here’s the secret of walking into my life with the freedom these powers have given me: The power of God!

The same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is available for each of us. And not just for silly things like napping. Although sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap!

This power is available to us to be able to walk through difficulty with our heads held high. This power can give us the joy of the hope of God through dismal pain. This power can cause us to hear His voice and follow His commands. And this power enables you and me to LOVE others in a way where only Jesus can get the credit.

Want real Super Powers? You don’t have to wait for a birthday. Ask Him now and Holy Power, Batman!! He will come!

6 comments:

Teresa Miriam Sarzotti said...

great fun post robbie...like the tuned in ear to a friend's hurt, I have similar superpower Holy spirit ESP when someone is in trouble..

Teresa Miriam Sarzotti said...

hi robbie...had to sing up to google account to leave a comment and am doing so again as it is prompting me,,,just ignore this one

Robbie Iobst said...

Miriam, thank you!! Holy Spirt ESP - I lke that!!!

Robbie Iobst said...

Miriam, how can anyone ignore YOU? :0) You're extraordinary!

Cheryl Barker said...

Love this attitude toward turning 50, Robbie. I accomplished that amazing feat seven years ago :) And on that day, I just remember feeling incredibly blessed. So much to be thankful for in 50 years of living, huh?

Robbie Iobst said...

Cheryl, you are so right!! Thank you Jesus for our lives! :0)