Your Invisibility Just Might be Your Superpower
Friends, if being invisible, was indeed a superpower, I would be WonderWoman! I imagine I’m not alone. But I want you to know that when we feel invisible it may be leading to our greatest significance.
I thought I had written a post about being invisible on the blog before, but apparently, I’ve only written about my invisibility on Instagram. My obscurity was recently confirmed, and I shared about it in an Instagram story under “The Funny,” but for the sake of keeping you here, let me give you a quick overview.
I have Felt Invisible
For as long as I can remember, I am a girl who’s most likely to be overlooked. If there was a Mostly Likey To be Overlooked category in my high school yearbook, I’d be there. But I guess it’s invisible. 😉
There are times I prefer it this way, but there are other times a girl likes to be remembered or simply noticed.
Like when she’s sitting on the floor in her kindergarten story circle and the boy who kindly ate most of the class’s unwanted tapioca pudding snacks puked it all up. What does this have to do with anything? Well, he puked all over the back of her pink, beautifully splayed swiss dot skirt, and NO ONE NOTICED! Her invisibility is a problem in itself, but when that little girl is too shy to say anything, she rides home on the bus sitting in someone else’s stinky puke.
Fast forward nearly 50 years, and this girl (you know it’s me) is much the same, being overlooked and feeling invisible in many other circles even if it’s for good things and in her peer circles.
For instance, I was “forgotten” in a blogging peer group collaboration with a national sponsor. I had to watch as most of the other women in the group posted photo after photo of themselves in gifted tee shirts displaying their age while I never received one. Had this been a one-time incident, I could write off the oversight, but this is truly the “story of my life”, and sometimes it makes me wonder if I’m really so unremarkable.
My Invisibility Confirmed
But here’s a funny story that might confirm my invisibility. The Hubs and I recently sent off our spit samples for a 23 and Me genetic analysis. Mr. Dimples got his results by the specified time while mine kept saying, “PENDING.” But when I finally received the notification, I was told that although it’s rare, my sample didn’t contain enough DNA to analyze. Now, read that right. It didn’t say there wasn’t enough spit in the tube, but that there wasn’t adequate DNA in the spit sample. What?!?!
(Read this comically.) Could this really be why I’m always overlooked? Is my DNA footprint so small I don’t show up on this earth? Does this mean I can get away with murder? 😉
NO PITY PLEASE!
Please, I’m not vying for pity or compliments. I’m sharing this because I’m certainly not alone in feeling invisible. Chances are we’ve all felt invisible or overlooked at some point in our lives, but that doesn’t mean we are insignificant. Let’s say that again: We are NOT INSIGNIFICANT.
Sometimes invisibility really is the superpower we need to save the day or an entire nation.
God Uses the Invisible Ones All the Time!
I think God could very well design our cloak of invisibility on purpose. We may not have to wear it forever, but in certain circumstances, it has a purpose. God may be protecting us from leaping into a situation we aren’t yet ready. Perhaps He’s preparing us for what lay ahead. Or, we may need to fly under the radar to accomplish something specific. For instance…
BECAUSE they were Invisible
As I was pondering this, I thought of Moses’ sister, Miriam. Could she have carried baby Moses safely to the river without notice had she been a superstar attracting attention at every turn? Sometimes invisibility really is the superpower we need to save the day or an entire nation.
I also thought about David and how he must have felt alone and forgotten while he literally fought lions and tigers on his own. Why would God leave him in those circumstances? Did David cry out, “Lord, why have you left me all alone in these barbaric conditions; can you not see me here?” But when he walked out to face a giant, we see a guy prepared for what God had called him to do.
Perhaps the most exceptional example of God using someone of insignificance for His purpose was Mary, the mother of Jesus. A little nothing of a woman was just who was needed to pull off an unwed pregnancy in those times. Joseph hid her to protect her from shame or harm, but again, a popular woman in her condition would have attracted massive amounts of scorn.
They were exactly who God had created them to be, spectacularly significant because of their insignificance.
Each of these seemly insignificant individuals remained invisible until such a time as God chose for them to be seen. But they were never invisible to Him. They were exactly who God had created them to be, spectacularly significant because of their insignificance.
Like a Buried Seed
I love this analogy Steve Furtick used in his sermon, The Father Saw (When You Feel Invisible):
“Sometimes in your life when you are feeling the least successful, that’s actually the time that you are growing the most. Think about it like it’s a seed. When a seed is doing what it was designed to do, it is in the place of it’s greatest vulnerability. When a seed goes into the ground, just before it turns into something that can be seen, it is not only hidden, but it is also breaking. And at the moment that the seed is breaking apart, and at the moment that the seed is not seen by human eyes, it is doing exactly what it is intended to do. So for those seasons of your life where you seem insignificant, and those seasons of your life where you feel stressed, those may be the moments where you are becoming exactly what God made you to be.”
The bible says we were “knit together in (our) mother’s womb” and also that our “frame was not hidden” from God when we were made “in the secret place.” He knows our name and even the number of hairs on our head, whether anyone else can see us or not. (Psalm 139: 13-15)
Our preparation might be secluded and hidden from public view, but when it’s time to come forth, we can do so knowing that we are fully known and prepared by God.
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You are NEVER Invisible to God
I can’t explain my lack of DNA. It’s probably a fluke, but I’ll let you know if my second one comes back the same. But I do know that I don’t need DNA to be seen by God. Because as a child of God, I have the DNA of my Father.
So, if you feel invisible, overlooked, or insignificant, and you know God, realize that:
You are not forgotten.
God sees you.
He knows you.
And He has a plan for you.
When you feel invisible – You’re not invisible to God! He sees YOU. You are protected, nurtured, and prepared under God’s wing so that when the time is right, you’ll be ready for your close-up.
Be blessed, my FRIENDS!
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12: 6-7