I absolutely love the Avenger movies. Last night I stayed up way past my bed time (8pm) to watch Captain America - Civil War. I especially appreciated this story line. It's an older movie, so I am going to assume you've already saw it; however, I'm going to leave out any spoilers just in case you haven't.
I gave my life to Christ 11 yrs ago. I've changed in that time, and I've gone through lots of processing to do so. It's a learning process, it looks a lot like bumps, bruises, wrong turns, malfunctions, do over’s, paper crumpling and lots of eraser marks on a drawing board. It looks a lot like a big massive mess...and many times we look at the messes instead of the masterpieces. Because honestly, it truly has been a major masterpiece and I'm always in awe at how God touches me each day and how he uses lots of little coincidences through others to show me how intricately he weaves us together.
Through my walk in the Garden with God, I've struggled with myself and my demons on many occasions. God let's me wrestle them out...because he knows he's already defeated them...yet, I need to know that I can defeat them too. It looks a lot like the Avenger movie, really...at least in the spiritual world....continually fighting my demons and trying to save as many people as you can.
But you lose some. Always.
We are not avengers, that is God's job...but we are here to do the work of the Kingdom. I look around...I know what it means when God says, "the workers are few." I know what it means to feel alone, abandoned, and tired. I know what it's like to be in a Civil War...fighting against our brothers and sisters in Christ...because we all think we are doing the right thing. Yet the enemy knows if he can't beat us as we are one...he can make us fight against each other and destroy ourselves from within. I know that we each have a perspective on life due to pains of the past...wrongs that we never felt were righted...things we fight for. That our hunger for forgiveness, sometimes takes a look of revenge...and it robs us of love.
But I also know whose side I'm on.
I know whose side you are on too. I know that I fight spiritual battles not only for my life, but for my husband, my sons, my family, my friends...and for the broken.
I know that we won't win every fight.
But I also know...Christ has already won the battle.
Proverbs 2:12-15 (NIV)
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.