About halfway through Iron Man 3 Tony Stark is faced with a dilemma. His home destroyed, he is bruised, beaten and battered, and his Iron Man suit little more than a weight he has to drag around behind him; it is certainly not the seemingly-invincible armor of previous films. His destroyed house and suit are only part of the dilemma though. His REAL problem is how to rescue Pepper when Iron Man is out of commission and he himself is suffering from panic attacks. Oh, and his best ally at that point is an 11 year old kid who wise-cracks almost as much as he does.
And, of course, Stark’s dire situation got me thinking: we all have something in which we put our trust. But it is something that deserves our trust or is it something we’re hiding behind?
And what happens when that is taken away?
I enjoyed watching as the great Tony Stark had his toys, gadgets, technology and armor removed from the equation. All of a sudden he was forced to reevaluate what mattered. Instead of putting his faith in the exterior, he had to have faith in what was inside the suit. Now in Stark’s case, yes, the Iron Man suit does return to the equation and greatly assist him in finding Pepper and beating up the many, many, mannny bad guys they encounter. But when stripped of his suit, he seemed to come to a realization of what really mattered. And interestingly enough, it wasn’t the suit.
I think Stark’s journey in IM3 is a good reminder for us “normal people” too. We might not be billionaire crime-fighters in iron suits, but we too face problems and issues in our lives that require us to put our hope in something. So what is your hope in?
Are you relying on external things, temporal things to get you through?
Or do you have The Answer inside of you already, and are you relying on Him?
“No one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame… Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for you are God My Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” ~Psalm 25:3-5
Iron Man 3Marvel Studios/Paramount Pictures – 2013
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gywneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley
Directed by: Shane Black