Saturday, May 3, 2014

Better, Faster, Stronger than Before

Growing up I loved to watch "The Six Million Dollar Man". The gist of the story is this: When Steve Austin is severely injured in aircraft crash, he is rebuilt with bionic implants that cost six million dollars.Steve can run at 60 mph and has zoom vision capabilities as well as super strong arms. He is, as the intro to the show said, " better, faster, and stronger than before". What was broken in Steve was used to create a greater man.

Now, I have had my own day dreams of being physically remade. Mostly  that involves desiring to look younger and more beautiful. It is vain and I am human, right? Proverbs promises me this though: charm is deceitful and beauty fades, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. As much as beauty as appreciated, it is fearing the Lord that is to be honored. The word "fear" is not quaking and hiding, but a trusting and leaning into the Almighty. It is recognizing Him for who He is and being in awe of Him, His magnificence, His power. Learning to trust and fear the Lord is a lifetime journey. But like the six million dollar man, it begins with being broken.

 I wonder if our brokenness can lead us to a place of greater soundness, wholeness, and joy? Can God really do that? Because if He can, then He can defeat evil. If even the bad, wrong, terrible sins that have hurt us could be turned into stories of hope, beauty, and restoration, then our lives can be made glorious. We have nothing to fear. We can shine like stars in the universe holding out the hope of real life and change in Jesus. We can know that even though we are hard-pressed, we won't be destroyed.

Like Steve Austin, I am remade-- not with bionic implants, but with suffering. I become better at depending on God, at knowing He is able to meet my needs as I watch Him provide. I become faster at recognizing when I am believing lies while looking for my satisfaction elsewhere. And I become stronger through awareness of my weaknesses. I learn to depend on His grace and I find hope that does not disappoint.

Romans 5:3-5 ..We also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

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