This is perhaps my favorite of the TV Theme songs…hopefully no introduction will be necessary.
The Greatest American Hero is a story about a teacher who happens upon an alien suit that gives him super powers when he is wearing it. Admittedly, I wish I had a suit that gave me super powers. It would be a bit of a dream come true. Anyhow, in each episode, our hero bumbles through saving the day. He makes some mistakes along the way but eventually gets the job done.
There is one particular line in the theme song that speaks to me:
“It should have been somebody else.”
This reminds me of another hero named Moses. Check out Exodus 4:1-17:
1 Moses objected, “They won’t trust me. They won’t listen to a word I say. They’re going to say, ‘God? Appear to him? Hardly!'”2 So God said, “What’s that in your hand?” “A staff.”
3 “Throw it on the ground.” He threw it. It became a snake; Moses jumped back—fast!
4-5 God said to Moses, “Reach out and grab it by the tail.” He reached out and grabbed it—and he was holding his staff again. “That’s so they will trust that God appeared to you, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”
6 God then said, “Put your hand inside your shirt.” He slipped his hand under his shirt, then took it out. His hand had turned leprous, like snow.
7 He said, “Put your hand back under your shirt.” He did it, then took it back out—as healthy as before.
8-9 “So if they don’t trust you and aren’t convinced by the first sign, the second sign should do it. But if it doesn’t, if even after these two signs they don’t trust you and listen to your message, take some water out of the Nile and pour it out on the dry land; the Nile water that you pour out will turn to blood when it hits the ground.”
10 Moses raised another objection to God: “Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.”
11-12 God said, “And who do you think made the human mouth? And who makes some mute, some deaf, some sighted, some blind? Isn’t it I, God? So, get going. I’ll be right there with you—with your mouth! I’ll be right there to teach you what to say.”
13 He said, “Oh, Master, please! Send somebody else!”
14-17 God got angry with Moses: “Don’t you have a brother, Aaron the Levite? He’s good with words, I know he is. He speaks very well. In fact, at this very moment he’s on his way to meet you. When he sees you he’s going to be glad. You’ll speak to him and tell him what to say. I’ll be right there with you as you speak and with him as he speaks, teaching you step by step. He will speak to the people for you. He’ll act as your mouth, but you’ll decide what comes out of it. Now take this staff in your hand; you’ll use it to do the signs.” (The Message)
Verse 13 jumps right out at me. Moses asks God to send someone else. Moses had all sorts of reasons why God should put the responsibility in the hands of someone else. He didn’t feel up to the challenge laid before him by God. Honestly, I can relate. I have often thought to myself, “Let someone else better qualified do the job – I’ll just mess it up.” I have often bumbled my way through things just like the Greatest American hero not because I felt like I was the best person, but because I knew God wanted me to do it. God doesn’t make mistakes and if God places a call on your life he means for you to do it. You are uniquely and wonderfully created and if you have any doubts about answering God’s call upon your life take into consideration this verse from Ephesians 2:10:
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)
What is God calling you to do?