Tuesday, May 20, 2008

matters of the heart

Tonight I've been watching one of my favorite movies: "Superman Returns".  There's something I love about Superman.  He has a great purity and he lives to serve others and save mankind from disasters.  What stood out to me tonight was his personal vulnerability...not to Kryptonite, but to heartache.  There is a scene in the movie when Superman realizes that Lois Lane is disenchanted with him.  He has been busy rescuing folks from all kinds of spectacular dilemmas and he is idolized, adored and esteemed as a hero by millions.  Yet, he is lonely and his heart longs for the affection of Lois.  In the despair of unrequited love, he soars up into space to look down on the entire globe of Earth.  You are aware of his tremendous powers and superhuman capabilities.  Practically nothing can hurt him and there is almost nothing he can't do with his physical powers.  Yet somehow his extraordinary characteristics only heighten his loneliness and this seems magnified by the backdrop of the blackness of space.  The thought occurs: our greatest needs, our greatest joys, our greatest challenges and our greatest victories occur on the most personal of scenes: our individual hearts.  I think part of the good news, here, is that with the presence of Jesus in our heart every man, woman and child has the potential to exceed even Superman's powers.  And we each can play a role in rescuing others from the despair of a lonely heart.
2 Corinthians 3:2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
Rob Smith

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