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Into the Spiderverse: How Will I Know When I Am Ready?


My relationship with Spiderman has come a long way since I

began this journey. When I started the first book, I couldn’t

stand Spiderman. I skipped both Andrew Garfield movies, and I


had pretty much accepted I was done with giving the web-

slinger any attention. Then came Tom Holland, Civil War,


Homecoming, and a general upswing in my warmth level for

Spiderman. The Spiderman game being a Playstation exclusive

almost tipped me back in the negatives, but I was happy for my

friends on the other side of the console street. Even with my

newfound pseudo friendship with Spidey, I wasn’t ready for

Into the Spiderverse. My daughters let me know after the first

preview how excited they were for the film, and I knew I would

be in theatres opening night long before I knew any details

about the film. What I didn’t expect was to be thoroughly

blown away by not only the best Superhero movie of 2018, but

in my opinion, the best Spiderman movie ever made. I enjoyed

the movie so much — like making **thwip** noises in the

parking lot enjoyed it. I also wasn’t ready for how good and

infectious the soundtrack was.

One of the biggest things that stood out to me was the concept

of being ready. As the movie is steamrolling near its third act

and prepping for the climax, we see that Miles is still hanging

on to the other Spiderfolk as a crutch and has yet to fully let go

and embrace his powers. His insecurities are far more evident

than his abilities. To be fair, he didn’t exactly have a long time

to get this all together, and it was a lot to deal with in a short





time. He wasn’t moving at the pace the world around him

needed him to move. Once they are deep in the Spiderlair, he

is bombarded by all his cross dimensional counterparts as they

impatiently demand he rise up and show his abilities. We may

not be faced with people punching us and telling us to turn

invisible on command, but it is easy to let our circumstances

make us think we aren’t capable of actually rising up to meet

our challenges.

When Miles was overwhelmed with anxiety and frustration at

his circumstances, he did what many of us do. He ran away.

Sometimes, it’s hard to live up to what other’s expect for you

to be, or to accomplish. Even when they are encouraging you,

it can still be a daunting task to believe it for yourself. Miles is

far from the first person to deal with this problem.

Back in the time of Exodus, Moses and Miles had a lot of

similarities.

Exodus 3: 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to

bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”11 But

Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to

Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 And

God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to

you that it is I who have sent you: When you have

brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God

on this mountain.” 13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go

to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your

fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is

his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”




Moses was told by God that he was God’s chosen instrument

to free Israel, and Moses responded with “are you sure I'm the

right one?” Then after God reassured him, Moses clapped back

with “but what if they don’t know who You are?” Just like with

Miles & Moses, our insecurities can make our abilities, calling,

and effectiveness seriously seem questionable. The people in

Miles’ life weren’t exactly instilling confidence with their

interactions, but Moses literally had the creator of the universe

telling Him he was enough, sadly Moses was still not prepared

to accept this truth.

Moses goes on in chapter 4:1 to flex his insecurities before his

creator “Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or

listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” He

was so bound up in his own shortcomings and how others

would perceive his calling that he couldn’t accept that God told

him he was ready. God was so gracious to him though, and

continued to give him the assistance he needed to be ready.

God prepared him with signs and miracles and told him step by

step what he needed to do, but it wasn’t enough.

Picking up in Exodus 4:10,

“10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I

have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since

you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech

and tongue.”

11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their

mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives

them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12




Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to

say.”

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please

send someone else.”

Even with God himself offering to literally back Moses each

step of the way, he still wasn’t ready. Miles was in a less

omnipotent but equally supported situation. Miles had six

different Spiderfolk, plus Aunt May, pouring life,

encouragement, and support in him. Yet in spite of that, he

couldn’t rise above his own insecurities enough to become the

hero he needed to be. Finally faced with an ultimatum to rise

up or be left behind, his squad left him alone and tied to a

chair because he wasn’t ready to be the hero he was meant to

be. Before they were gone, Miles asked older and fatter Peter,

“When will I know I'm ready?” Peter responded with the

seemingly not so helpful but entirely true statement.

“You won’t. It’s a leap of faith.

That’s all it is Miles, a leap of faith.”


Moses wasn’t tied to a chair with webbing, but he was bound

up in fear and insecurity. He wasn’t willing to accept who God

said He was. He wasn’t willing to become the man he was

called to be. Like Miles, he wasn’t ready to take the leap of

faith. Sadly, that’s where many of us live our day to day lives.

God has called us. God has enabled us. God has equipped us.

But at the end of the day, we aren’t willing to take the leap of

faith.




Let’s leave Miles tied in a chair for a second and look at how

God responded to Moses. Exodus 4:14 says, “Then the Lord’s

anger burned against Moses and he said... “

Wait. Stop. Hold on a second.

You read that? After God gave Moses the help, supernatural

backing, and direct instructions that he needed to succeed,

Moses still cowered, and God’s anger burned against Moses.

God had every right to be angry, and whatever way God

wanted to manifest His anger would have been justified. Yet as

we keep reading, seriously keep in mind that at this point, God

is burning with anger towards Moses.

Moving on:

“...what about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he

can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you,

and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him

and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak

and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the

people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth

and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in

your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

Moses gave God excuse after excuse, and then still told God

no. God, in turn, gave Moses more grace, and compromised to

meet Moses where he was with his fears and insecurities. Even

in the midst of God’s burning anger, He poured out grace,

encouragement, and strength. Know that there is never going

to be a time that God is going to ignore you when He calls you.




When you are scared, even to the point of angering God, He

loves you and has your back.

Even when Peter was sidelining Miles, the whole spider squad

was waiting outside hoping that he would rise to the occasion.

He let them down in that moment, but after a short one-sided

pep talk from his dad and a costume change later, he was

ready to finally make his leap. Having help and encouragement

is helpful, but at the end of the day when the moment counts,

it boils down to you. Are you going to walk in fear and let your

circumstances and insecurities dictate your actions, or are you

going to take a leap of faith?

Moses took his baby steps, but he eventually rose up and took

his leap. We are living in the faith and history that followed

that leap. Miles rose up and saved the multiverse. There’s

going to come a point in your story where you will be able to

look back and see what you accomplished because you

stopped walking in fear and actually took the leap. What story

do you want to be able to tell when you stopped waiting to be

“ready” and started living in the strength and power God has

given you?

Jack Canfield is credited with the statement, “Everything you

want is on the other side of fear.” I don’t know about

everything you want, but I can tell you that if fear is standing

between you and anything God is calling you to do, you’re

going to want to be on the other side of it. There is nothing

stopping you from getting to the place God is calling you to,

except your own ability to trust Him.



“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD

your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua

1:9

Don’t wait to be ready. Trust where God is leading you. Step

up, look your fear in the face, and say, “What’s up danger?”

Then, take the leap.

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