Is anyone else excited about Wonder Woman 2?! I dragged my parents to see the first movie with me on my birthday this year – under the pretense of escaping the stifling humidity in North Carolina while they were visiting me, of course 😉 And, I’ll be honest, I loved it. So, the news this week that there will be a second story about the wonderful Diana Prince made me smile.
Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you might still have seen or heard of the infamous sword in the dress. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, a quick search on the internet will tell you. It could seem like just a very clever wardrobe choice or a good screenshot, but the iconic image of Diana, walking through a room filled with people who have been preened and pampered, who mask themselves with airs and graces and feathers and ignorance, is so much more: here is a woman, dressed not to impress, but to be impressive; here is a woman, armed and ready not for compliments, but for battle; here is a woman who is powerful and beautiful.
And do you know something, lovely sisters in Christ? You are Wonder Woman too.
I’m engrossed in a great Holley Gerth book called ‘You’re Already Amazing’ at the moment, and this week I read a brilliant quote: ‘We’re not going to prom, ladies,’ Holley writes. ‘We’re going to a battlefield.’
How often, in our society, are we made to feel like we have to look the part? Like we can’t leave the house without make-up or without our hair straightened or our nails painted or our outfit just perfect? How many times are people more concerned with how we look than what we do? How many times are we more concerned with how we look? It’s a daily occurrence, the judgement we face on the basis of beauty. But really, the standard of beauty the world sets is not the standard of beauty God sets. If we try too hard at one, we are sometimes in danger of failing at the other. Of course, that doesn’t mean we cannot wear make-up or straighten our hair or paint our nails or take joy in finding and wearing the perfect outfit. It’s not wrong to want to look beautiful, but let’s not forget that God has already made each one of us beautiful.
But beauty is not all, not most important. We don’t love Wonder Woman because she’s beautiful: we love her because she’s strong. And she is beautiful because she is strong.
We are not going to prom, as Holley Gerth reminds us. We are going to a battlefield. And we, ladies, are armed too – just like Wonder Woman!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes… put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:10-17
So you see, sisters, we have a sword too. And our sword is better even than Wonder Woman’s, for it is the sword of the Spirit, the unfailing Word of God. Our sword is from the greatest power there ever was, is or ever will be. It’s made of something far better than steel or other-wordly metal. It is truly indestructible. And for those super-coordinated amongst us, it comes with a matching belt and breastplate, a shield and sandals and helmet too 😉
Girls, I don’t believe our Father made us to be shrinking violets, to stand by and rearrange our skirts while the real hard work goes on around us. I don’t believe He gave us strength for us to never use it. We are princesses of the King of Kings. We carry a sword fit for a princess, fit for a warrior, fit for a woman made strong in the power of the almighty Lord.
So, fellow Wonder Women, wear that sword proudly. Tuck it in your beautiful dress, clip it to your belt of truth, or hold it in your gentle and fierce hands that God made. Yield it proudly and strongly, and remember that God made you beautiful, but he also made you powerful. And yes, you can be both.
You can be a Wonder Woman for God: He gave you all you need ❤