Lenten Reflection Week 6 Day 5
I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
and I am safe from my enemies.
The breakers of death surged round about me,
the destroying floods overwhelmed me;
The cords of the nether world enmeshed me,
the snares of death overtook me.
In my distress I called upon the LORD
and cried out to my God;
From God’s temple the LORD heard my voice,
and my cry reached God’s ears.
I just had this silly image of a Saturday morning show…Power Rangers. The typical scenario is that the hero, the Power Ranger, is doing what heroes do then they run into difficulty as their normal selves. In the case of Power Rangers, they are fighting off bad guys using martial arts. Then they transform into their super Power Ranger self if it is too hard. And if that doesn’t work, they all come together and create the Super Power Ranger. They defeat the bad guy just as it looked as if all hope was lost. When all is done, they return to their normal state of being and go back to their Power Ranger headquarters with joy and pride at defeating their enemies.
God is good! (All the time!)
King David is living out the Power Ranger’s life. He is allowing God to transform him when all seems lost. And like the Power Rangers, it doesn’t happen all at once and it does happen in community. David doesn’t go from shepherd boy to warrior King in one fell swoop, it occurs gradually. Shepherd boy, helper to Saul, etc. Even his stint as King has its ups and downs. It is a gradual transformation. And he needs his community (i.e. army) to accomplish the turning away of the enemy just as the Power Rangers need to work together to become the Super Power Ranger. They would lose to the enemy if any one person wasn’t doing their part, just as David would have been lost if his armies were not doing their part for Israel. Power Ranger Theology!
I wonder what life would be like if I constantly transformed and added new talents and gifts to my repertoire? I wonder what life would hold if faithfully relied upon and interacted with my community? I wonder which Power Ranger I am? Of course...I am the Pink Ranger!