Last night my hubby and I had the (too-rare) treat of going out, child-free, for dinner and a movie.
It was wonderful.
Naturally we chose the testosterone-fueled, superhero-filled epic action flick Avengers: Age of Ultron. With three males in our house, Marvel-themed discussions occur often at the dinner table and in the car, on family walks and in the family room.
I’ve learned a lot about the various characters, from their heart-warming stories (Captain America, sacrificially steering a flying-bomb aircraft into northern icecaps so the plane wouldn’t detonate on US soil) to their cool toys (I know way too much about Iron Man’s Hulk Buster suit from my nine-year old and his Lego set).
In Age of Ultron, I learned about a couple of new characters. New to me, at least.
(This is probably the place where I should warn you that I’m about to share one of the movie’s major plot threads, meaning **Spoiler Alert**.)
Wanda Maximoff and her twin, Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver), pose a new kind of threat to the Avengers team. Wanda—the Scarlet Witch, a young woman with round eyes, long dark hair, and darker intentions—and her brother are in cahoots with the bad guys for reasons we find out about later.
In a quiet, pivotal moment onscreen, the wily Witch sneaks up behind a suit-less Tony Stark. One bony finger infuses Iron Man’s mind with an eerie red smoke that creates false visions and frightening realities-come-to-life.
The Scarlet Witch is telekinetic–she distorts reality and mines a person’s worst fears, filling them with a sense of doom and dread that leaves them immobile.
Simply put? She plays awful mind games with her enemies. And in Age of Ultron, her antics set off a series of events that wreaks havoc on the Avengers team, turning them against each other (and in the case of the big green guy, against the world).
What power she wields.
On the drive home we talked about the Scarlet Witch and her quietly dangerous superpower. Her life-changing ability to mess with minds and lives reminded me of the one who fell “from Heaven like lightning” (Luke 10:18).
Satan. The thief.
Scripture came to mind, words spoken by Jesus to the Pharisees.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” (John 10:10)
Lately I’ve been struggling with drowning doubt in a couple of areas of my life. For writers it’s especially difficult, putting our hearts and imaginations and words on display for (what feels like) the whole world to see, read, and critique.
I know the slithering doubts snaking through my mind aren’t of God. But it’s a daily battle to quiet them and trust the path He’s asking me to follow. Like Jesus did in the wilderness, we have God’s Word for combatting those terrible mind games the thief will try to play.
And play them he will.
“You call yourself a writer?”
“You’re too busy for this.”
“Just give up.”
“No one will like this story.”
John 10:10 finishes with this reminder: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
In Age of Ultron, the Avengers believed the witch’s words and the terrible visions with which she filled their minds. But God’s Word offers truth in its words, life across its pages.
All because of its Author.
If you’re struggling with devilish doubt like I’ve been, get in the Word and trust God’s still, small voice.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:7 & 8).