Tue., Feb. 22/22
Spiderman was my superhero of choice during my teen years. A teen himself he had typical teen problems. In addition to saving New York (or the world) from similarly super-powered menaces, Peter Parker (Spiderman) had on his heart the guilt of his Uncle Ben’s death, the welfare of his Aunt May, and the keeping of both his job and girlfriend while maintaining the secrecy of his alter-ego identity. Spiderman too had his problems. Once during battle he ran out of webbing fluid, and in one comic book he was detained from ‘superhero-ing’ because of a serious rip in his Spidey suit!
Spiderman’s radioactive spider-endowed powers include superhuman strength and agility, the ability to cling to surfaces, web-slinging, and a special sort of sixth sense or “Spider-Sense” which alerts him to danger.
A spider can lift as much as 170 times its own weight, and a jumping spider can leap as much as 50 times its own length. Microscopic organs at the ends of the hairs on the legs of a spider enable it to cling to and climb walls and ceilings. Spiders can produce several types of webbing, both sticky and non-stick Some spiders can make a web sail to catch the wind and transport them. And spiders also truly do have a sort of “spidey sense.” Their body hairs can detect vibrations of both movement and sound warning them of potential danger.*
There have been a good dozen Spiderman flicks over the past twenty years** and the terms “spider sense,” or “spidey tingle” have come into fairly common use. But alas, Spiderman is not real. The Christian, however, has an inner power not unlike Peter Parker’s “spidey sense.” This source can likewise signal the attentive saint to dangers others do not detect. This “sense” is the witness of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God.
Before leaving this earth Jesus promised the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit. “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17). Jesus calls the Holy Spirit “He” for the Holy Spirit is indeed a Person, the third Person of the God Head. The Gift of God (Luke 11:13; James 1:17) whom the world cannot receive (1 Cor. 2:14).
This divine “tingle” alerts us when something is not of God. He assures us with peace when we are in the Will of God. He unites us when we are with other believers, directs us at our crossroads, prevents us when we are close to making a bad move, and gives us wisdom and insight in times of need. But we must listen to Him… trust Him… and obey.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” said Jesus (John 10:27). This Voice is every believer’s “spidey tingle.” So I say again, listen to Him… trust Him… and obey.
*Source: National Wildlife Federation.
**Spiderman movies since 2002:
- “Spider-Man” (2002) – Tobey Maguire
- “Spider-Man 2” (2004) – Tobey Maguire
- “Spider-Man 3” (2007) – Tobey Maguire
- “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012) – Andrew Garfield
- “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014) – Andrew Garfield
- “Captain America: Civil War” (2016) – Tom Holland
- “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) – Tom Holland
- “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) – Tom Holland
- “Avengers: Endgame” (2019) – Tom Holland
- “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (2019) – Tom Holland
- “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (2021) – Tom Holland
- Bonus: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018) – animated film with multiple Spidermans across the Spider-Verse (multiple universes, or, the multiverse).
- A sequel: “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)” coming later in 2022.