Being a Wonder Woman
DeLynn Rizzo | Association of Related Churches | Birmingham, AL
As a young girl in the 70’s and 80’s, I so loved the TV show “Wonder Woman” with Linda Carter. She had this beautiful black hair and was so gorgeous, and I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. As you can imagine, I was beyond thrilled when the movie “Wonder Woman” came out last year, and this actress didn’t disappoint either! What makes me love this superhero woman so much? Is it that she’s gorgeous, fit, tall and skinny, runs super-fast, can take down her enemy, or practically win a war single handedly? Well I guess it’s all of that – plus the fact that she is “Wonder Woman” and I’m just a “human woman,” but in my heart, I know I’m a “wonder woman” too and so are you!
If you’re anything like me, I can often feel pulled in a million different directions and that my husband, kids, and people in my life are expecting me to be super human, constantly wanting more from me than I feel I have to give or am capable to give. I find myself wondering, “Can I handle all of this?” I’m sure most of you have felt that way before too.
After trying and failing to meet all the expectations through my own strength, ability, and sheer grit, I without fail, every time, finally give up and come to the conclusion that I can only be a godly wonder woman by utterly depending on my superhero, God himself! At the end of the day, it’s Jesus. I can’t depend on Dino or my best friend – only Jesus. Only He can help us to be the wonderful wonder women He’s created us to be and only when we give Him control and surrender to His authority in our lives.
Who is a true wonder woman? I can think of so many amazing wonder women out there today – Joyce Meyer, the late Mother Teresa, Pastor Bobbie Houston, my mom and grandmothers – I’m sure you can think of many wonder women in your life that you look up to too.
Let’s talk about what this godly wonder woman looks like, because she’s an everyday extraordinary girl just like you and me!
First of all, she is fierce. This girl is mighty – not in her strength or might, but in God’s! She might be tall in stature or small and petite. No matter how she looks, she’s a force on this earth to be reckoned with. I always tell people – yes, us Southern girls are sweet and nice but don’t mess with our families or our people because that momma bear will come out.
A wonder woman stands on Isaiah 54:17 (NIV), “No weapon forged against you will prevail” and 1 John 4:4 (KJV) – “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” She knows that nothing that comes against her or happens to her is greater than her God in her. She’s like a lioness, but also gentle at the same time. She’s not harsh or mean and doesn’t push her way around, but she’s tough and strong.
A wonder woman is also fearless. I know when we think about being fearless as women, it almost seems like an impossible task. When we think about the terrible things that happen in our world today, we can’t live in fear and get consumed by the “what could happens” of life. We must be brave and fearless knowing we only can be with God’s help.
Psalm 56:3 (NIV) – “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Exodus 14:13-14 (NLT) – “Don’t be afraid, just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. […] The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
She’s not just fierce and fearless, wonder women are also fighters. When it comes to being a fighter and fighting the good fight, I always think about my grandmothers who, against all odds – unsaved husbands, poverty, poor education – fought for their families and served God faithfully all their lives no matter how bleak their circumstances were. They instilled in me Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you.”
Girls, we must NOT let the enemy win, destroy our marriages, take our kids out, or push us back. We must fight because we are more than conquerors! We know God is fighting for us.
A wonder woman is also focused. Since I hit my 40’s, my eye sight is just not what it used to be. I’ve gotten used to huge text on my phone now (which my kids make fun of) and I can’t read my regular Bible anymore, or menus, or price tags (which Dino really loves), but I refuse to get glasses or contacts. I just can’t accept that I don’t have perfect eyesight and that this is happening to me. (Pray for me – I can be a little stubborn.) I also can get focused in life on things that don’t really matter, the little things I can’t see past or maybe the BIG things I can’t fix. Any other fixers out there? Can I encourage you? We can’t fix everyone, every problem, and every situation – only God can!
Philippians 4:8 (MSG) says, “Summing it all up friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” These are the things to think about and focus on.
Finally, a wonder woman forges forward. To really be that wonder woman God’s called us to be, we can’t keep looking back to the past; we must forge forward! I don’t know where you’ve been, or what’s happened to you or against you, or what loss you have faced, or tragedy you’ve experienced. You might not know how you can go on, but with God’s help and strength and the power of the Holy Spirit, you can overcome. No matter how horrible or painful or senseless, God can lift your head and make you smile again.
Let me tell you, when the past keeps calling, let it go to voicemail because it has nothing new to say! Wonder women, you can forge forward. You can laugh again, live again, smile again and have hope and joy again! God works all things for our good.
Philippians 3:12-14 (MSG) says “I’m not saying I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward – to Jesus. I’m off and running and I’m not turning back.”
You are a powerful force on this earth! You are a wonder woman – fierce, fearless, fighters, focused, and forging forward. Nothing can stop you. Nothing can hold you back or defeat you from your purpose and destiny. You have been called for such a time as this. Make the world wonder how you’re still standing – how you’re still smiling. Don’t give up or give in. Keep fighting until you get to heaven and hear our Savior say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” No more tears, no more pain. Heaven is our reward! IT’LL ALL BE WORTH IT!