The concept of a superman was conceived into a fictional comic book character by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938. Forty years later, Christopher Reeves starred in the movie, disguising himself as Clark Kent, a mild-mannered newspaper reporter at the Daily Planet. Unsure of how or when to reveal his super powers, Clark waits until his adult life to introduce himself to the world. Perhaps, Superman was afraid, not sure how he would be received. This fear, although subtle as it might have been, prevented miraculous acts from being demonstrated daily.
Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, and his son Gideon was beating wheat in the wine press [instead of the threshing floor] to [hide it and] save it from the Midianites. 12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O brave man,” Judges 6:11-12.
Human beings can have fragile psyches, especially when confidence is lacking. In the passage above, you find a mighty warrior working in a blue collar job. Before Gideon became a famous Old Testament leader, he lived in relative obscurity. Whether Gideon was hiding, waiting or uncertain about the next move to make in life, an angel of the Lord reminded him of his calling in life. Gideon wasn’t just a hard working man, he was brave commander who needed a slight nudge from God.
Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said, “And we are coming with you.” So they went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. 4 As morning was breaking, Jesus [came and] stood on the beach; however, the disciples did not know that it was Jesus, John 21:3-4.
After Jesus died on a cross, the disciples lost their leader. After a couple days of mourning, Peter appears to fall back on his former life as a fisherman. Peter convinces a couple of the disciples to go with him, staying out all night to fish. When this trips turns out to be a complete failure, Jesus arrives on the scene to save the day. Following what some refer to as the First Breakfast, Jesus gives Peter a pep talk. The subtitle of this conversation, John 21:15-17, in my Bible is love motivation. Jesus reminds Peter of his spiritual identity, petra, the rock upon which Jesus will build an earthly church.
The Lord is good to those who wait [confidently] for Him, To those who seek Him [on the authority of God’s word], Lamentations 3:25.
For the past six years, my life has been in a holding pattern. To a certain extent, I can relate to Gideon and Peter, stuck in a transitional period. Yet, at some point I have to come out of the doldrums. What am I hiding from? What am I waiting for before I act? Perhaps, I need to turn my attention to the Old Testament, putting into practice Lamentations 3:25. May this blog inspire you to get off the bench and get into the spiritual game called life. Trust in the Lord, lean on the Holy Spirit for understanding and God will straighten your path for the future.
by Jay Mankus