The very early phone call from my daughter sent me scrambling for substitute instructors for my morning classes. Our two year old grandson was sick and I would be the designated toddler care taker for the day. Before the sun began its slow morning creep above the trees, the movie “The Incredibles” began its daylong marathon.
Nearly everyone who has ever taken care of a toddler can relate to movie marathons. After a certain number of viewings, the lines are memorized and surprisingly, you are anticipating the next scene. Repetition, when it is the right things, can be good for the brain and food for the soul.
Toddlers, especially those around a lot of other children, pick up little viruses and bugs. This was different. Wyatt was feeling really bad. He would sip a little sprite but refuse the children’s Tylenol. Intermittently he would shiver and dry heave, leaving Nana on high alert. When he would allow, I would take his temperature and once again attempt a dose of Tylenol.
I silently prayed for him as his temperature soared between 104 and 105. Wyatt wanted to be as close to Nana as possible, positioning his little body, and favorite blankie, in perfect alignment with my body on the couch. Clicking the remote to start another run of “The Incredibles” sent me to prayer again. “Lord, Sprite and The Incredibles will not heal this child, I pray by the stripes of Jesus, let Wyatt be healed.”
After what seemed like 40 viewings of the movie, I decided to try and enjoy the movie. I might as well enjoy it; there was no changing the mind of a sick child. I have to admit that each time I watched the movie there was a new insight. In fact, there was a lot of Christian symbolism woven into this Superhero adventure film.
Mr. Incredible, and his wife Elastagirl, are famous Superheroes equipped with unique gifts and talents to battle evil and save lives. Even their three children have been given super powers to combat evil.
Without giving the whole story away, The Incredibles are forced by the government to stop using their super powers and accept new civilian identities in a relocation program. (The government could no longer afford the expense of lawsuits incurred because of the Superheroes saving victims from death, but leaving the victims with injuries.)
After fifteen years of unfulfilling work in the relocation program, Mr. Incredible takes a secret mission, requiring him to get back in shape and resume his Superhero identity, incognito. It was quite amusing watching him bench press large vehicles and pulling trains as part of his strength training. It actually gave me some great ideas for my workout classes.
Elastagirl (Helen), suspects something is up when she discovers Bob’s Superhero costume has been repaired. She actually believes Bob may be doing something that will jeopardize their marriage. Helen visits Edna, the fashion designer of Superheroes, to inquire about her husband and finds herself viewing new Superhero outfits Edna has designed and made for her and the three children.
In the next scene, my personal favorite, Helen starts to cry thinking her husband may be seeing another woman and asks Edna what she should do. Edna, a tiny lady with a strong presence, and thick accent, jumps on the table and starts hitting Helen over the head with a rolled up newspaper and says the following. “What are you talking about? You are Elastagirl! My God! Pull yourself together! What will you do? Is…is…is this a question? You will show him that you remember that he is Mr.Incredible! And you will REMIND him, who YOU are! Well, you know where he is…Go! Confront the problem! Fight! Win! And call me when you get back, dahling, I so enjoy our visits.”
I was laughing out loud and so engrossed in the movie that I missed Wyatt falling back asleep. That meant a missed opportunity for Tylenol. His body was boiling with fever as I carefully laid him down on the couch. Even though I had been praying, there was a feeling of helplessness. Suddenly I recalled the words of Edna as she popped Helen on the head.
All at once I was reminded of who I was in Christ. I remembered the words in John 14:12-14 which say “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
I ran to my office and retrieved my list of 60 healing scriptures and began reading them out loud as Wyatt slept. I placed my hand on his warm head and asked God to return his temperature to normal and heal him, in the name of Jesus Christ. Within minutes a startled Wyatt woke and sat straight up on the couch. I hugged him and immediately noticed a difference. He allowed me to take his temperature and praise God, it was back to normal!
It was a miracle, an “Incredible” miracle! Naturally, the next words out of Wyatt’s mouth were “Can we watch The Incredibles” again?” I laughed and said “I would love to.”
Here is a sampling of scriptures spoken over Wyatt that day.
Psalm 30:2 O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.
Psalm 118:17 I will not die but live, and proclaim what the Lord has done.
Jeremiah 30:17 But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds.
Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they will place their hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Psalms 103:2-3 Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.
I know God touched Wyatt and healed him completely. It is incredible that a cartoon character could be used by God to remind me who I am, but that’s God. So the next time you are weary and feeling helpless in a situation, remember those all inspiring words of Edna. “What are you going to do? Is…is…is this a question?
You are a child of the most High God! Pull yourself together and fall on your knees! You will tell God how great, powerful and faithful He is! You know God is waiting for you! Go! Approach His throne of mercy and grace! You will win! And call me back when you are ready to praise Him, dahling, I so enjoy our visits.”