Recently, Logan premiered for audiences around the world. In Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the incredibly-tired Wolverine, he works to help a young female mutant out the best he can.
Jackman (who’s looking pretty bad, let’s be honest) is hiding out in a border town with his partner-in-crime and mischief, Charles Xavier (a.k.a. Professor X), who’s struggling with the elder problems of dementia. That’s a hard thing when said Professor is a telekinetic, level 5 mutant. And they come across Laura—a young girl—who becomes part of Wolverine’s life as she’s being chased by the big bad guys.
The finale to the epic chapter that was Wolverine, it was intended to be an eloquent take on a more raw, emotional character. In addition it was bloodier, more intense—rated R—which was a new endeavor for Fox studios. As many X-Men movies have done in the past, it even commented on the current state of politics. And this article isn’t us advocating for the movie or supporting its content. We can’t make that call for you or the people you love. Think carefully.
But if you’ve seen the trailer, you know that for however brutal and bloody it may be, it’s just as gentle and intentional. There’s a part that stood out to all of us, a simple line from Professor X to Logan. The group stops to help a family of farmers whose horses have gotten loose. Logan insists that “someone else will come along.”
Charles Xavier looks up and says, “Someone has come along.”
No matter if we’ve seen the movie or not, that line in the trailer can rock your world. Immediately, we’re curious if that line had been stolen from the parable of the Good Samaritan.
“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
And Jesus’ question for them?
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
And this line directly referenced Logan’s reluctance to work for good of Laura, the young mutant that so desperately needed his help. And that reluctance is so much closer to our own hearts than we think. We drive through our lives wanting to do good things, wanting to contribute the best that we can, wanting to be incredibly helpful and beneficial to the kingdom of God, and yet—when the time comes, how often do you say, “someone else will come along”?
We try to make excuses for our inability to take the initiative. There are two things that we’ve heard over and over and over again:
“I’m just not sure if it’s my calling, you know?” We wait until the Lord gives us a clear and distinct plan before we head out on any excursion.
“I don’t have time. Someone else can take care of it.” Well, listen. There’s this giant problem with the idea of your “calling.” The word “calling” isn’t worthy of us even lingering on it. It’s too overused and over-preached. And most people have limited the definition of “calling” to a career or a role.
“In this view, calling is about what we do, not about who we are. Calling becomes about assignment—my calling to be a mother, or a psychologist, or a missionary, or a teacher; my “calling” to “go into ministry” or “go on the mission field.” And then when our children walk out the door, when we lose our jobs, when our spouses suddenly die, when the funding doesn’t come in, when we become desensitized with our workplace, or when we simply grow old and hunched over, what then? Where is our calling?” Karen Yates
Someone HAS come along.
So we wait around for it, like we’re waiting for a phone call. And literally, when we aren’t “called,” we feel as if there’s nothing there for us. We have this expectation that our calling will be huge, profound—a moment that makes us pause and changes our lives. We envision our legacy being tied to this calling, full of moments and experiences that will change our lives.
But what if your calling is much simpler? What if it’s just being there for whoever is in need? We can speak very confidently in saying that YOU are the person that has come along. It takes an extraordinary amount of faith to trust that you’re the person who’s best suited to help, to step in, to save. The Lord knows the reasons that you encounter those situations.
“The greatest among you will be your servant.” Matthew 23:11 is pretty clear.
Someone HAS come along. It’s you.