This season (or "volume," if we maintain the series' comicbook speak) seems to have a lot more consistent religious language and allusions than the first one (which had quite a bit), and this episode is a prime example. In particular, two of the episode's four storylines dealt with characters making assumptions on what God is doing or trying to tell them based on the events around them--and I think their experiences speak volumes to our own.
Both Maya and Monica are making assumptions about what God is doing in their lives based on their circumstances--and that can a tricky ground to walk upon. It's easy to go down those roads, and I'm not sure, in either of their places, if perhaps I wouldn't be doing something similar. Heh, if I were honest, I would confess that in real life I have.
But the truth is there are several things we should consider when we face circumstances we don't understand or if we are trying to figure out God's role in the circumstances we are in. From the likes of Job and more than one psalmist, we are reminded fairly quickly that most of the time we don't have the big picture. Our vision is most often limited when it comes to our circumstances. But--from Job, the psalmists and countless others in Scripture and throughout history--we can be sure of something else: God is good. He is constantly, ever-always present and desperately longing for each and every one of us. We live in the midst of his unfathomable Love and flooding restoration of Life--abundant and grace-full. Yes, evil and the sin and suffering it wroughts all too often is anguishingly overwhelming, but the truth is, it is in its own throes of death.
That ever-present and ever-Loving God is deeply and intimately involved in our circumstances--but it may not be in the way we think (or desire). And sometimes, evil is at play too. We need the wisdom and discernment to know the difference. And that wisdom comes from walking with God, from spending time getting to know who he is and how he acts. It comes from examining ourselves and our fears, desires and motives when it comes to seeking out how God is acting (or not acting) in our lives. It comes from sharing our lives with and seeking the counsel of others who walk with Jesus, too.
I appreciate Heroes because it plays out storylines like these--and that challenges me to examine my own life, heart, actions and motives.