She-Ra Princess of Power is celebrating her 25th anniversary.
In the 1980's, she was the ulimate heroine of little girls everywhere. (Actually, I WAS her.) We watched her cartoon every morning before school and would anxiously await our favorite part, which you could always count on happening the exact same way without fail...because the animators inserted the same sequence into the show for every episode. She would pull her sword out of the sheath behind her back, raise it over her head, and say authoritatively, "For the honor of Greyskull, I AM SHE-RA!" Then in a flurry of blue and pink sparkles, she transformed, Cinderella-style, from squeaky-voiced Princess Adora into decidedly deeper-voiced She-Ra, leader of the Great Rebellion and defender of planet Etheria from the evil Horde.
She was awesome. Really.
She had superhuman strength. Could lift huge boulders over her head and throw them at bad robots. Communicated with animals. Ran really fast. Had He-Man for a brother. Was allowed to wear gold knee-boots and a mini-skirt. Carried a sword with a jewel on it from whence sprung all manner of rainbow sparkles on command. Blocked dangerous laser beams with her shield. Had really cool friends, each sold separately.
And she was not afraid of anything.
I made it one of my goals in life at age 9 to collect as many of the each-sold-separately Princess of Power dolls that I could. I still have them, to this day, and now my daughter plays with them, even though none of her friends know who they are. Names like Flutterina, Frosta, and Perfuma make the bad guys tremble in their boots. I'm happy to see that the Great Rebellion lives on.
One thing that I have always found to be notable about the She-Ra doll (and probably completely coincidental, as well) is that she embodies every single aspect of the "full armor of God" described in Ephesians 6.
"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
I guess Paul probably had a Roman soldier in mind when he penned these words, but I still think of She-Ra when I read it. You can see it there - she's got the belt, the breastplate, the fitted boots, the shield, the helmet, and the sword. All defensive elements, except for the last...the sword, which is the word.
She-Ra's sword was her secret. (It even says so on the picture of that DVD cover above.) It had the power to transform. It was not something to fling around carelessly. It's the same for the Word that we have in our hands, which also has the power to transform, but is not to be wielded improperly. Sword...check.
Lies aplenty scurrying all around you. Belt of truth...check.
Emotions running high. Heart is hurting. Having a come-apart maybe? Breastplate of righteousness...check.
Lots of crummy stuff in the world that requires a sure defense. Shield of faith...check.
Hard to keep your mind under control. Helmet of salvation...check.
Open, seeking hearts that wonder why we're here and where we're going. Feet ready to bring the gospel to them...check.
Get your She-Ra on.
Now if only rainbow sparkles would come out of my Bible...