For those of you who may not recognize the flying rodent in the picture, let me introduce you to Mighty Mouse, no relation to the other cartoon Mice with initials M.M. other than both were all conceived in someone’s head and born on a drawing board.
Saturday mornings were not complete without this fellow’s antics, adventures, and in the nick of time interventions.
‘Here he comes to save the day, You know that Mighty Mouse is on the way.’ from Mighty Mouse Theme Song
I admit it. I have a ‘Mighty Mouse Complex’ which is a desire to sweep in, clear out the bad guys/gals, and rescue the perishing. In my fantasy I always know just what the best solution is for any and all situations. Alas, the reality does not support that fantasy in the least.
As a child my mind entertained me with stories of outlandish villians determined to do harm only to be thwarted by my quick thinking, courage, and superior fighting skills. Or stories where everyone was about to be swept away by a tornado, only to have me grab them at the last moment, cover their bodies with my own, providing protection from harm. All my life I have wanted to protect the people I care about, especially my husband and children. I would have gladly taken Terry’s cancer into my own body, but all I could do was walk with him through it. I wanted desperately to fix every problem my children have encountered even though some were decidedly in the hands of God. I have wrung my hands, prayed, experienced gut clinching pain every time one of them was hurt or in need, but I have not to my knowledge fixed any thing.
I want to be a hero, but at best I am support personnel. I want to feed the impoverished, bring healing to the injured and sick, and love like Jesus loves me. I want to turn sorrow into joy, weeping into laughing, weapons into plows…..
BUT WAIT A MINUTE….Only God can do those things. He can guide me and teach me, but
He knows my cape is tattered,
my mind scattered, and my body bruised and battered
None of that matters.
I doubt my basic instincts to be a rescuer will change, so I count on God to hold me close, help me wait to see how his plan unfolds and to fold me into it where He can use me.
Today I am thankful that the God of the Universe who sent his son to die for all creation is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords has the world with all its brokenness in his hands and heart. He knows the homeless on the streets in the USA by name, he knows the name of every refugee anywhere in the world, and he will fold me and you into his plan where we can serve him best.
I don’t have to save my children, grandchildren, siblings, friends or enemies….IN FACT I CANNOT.
God Can and will use those willing to be bent a little to work with his plan.