Harry Potter. I’ve been watching this series of movies with Steve over the last several weeks. Some are delightful. Some are surprisingly dark. I’m not here to extol or vilify J.K. Rowling, though. Rather, I’d like to focus on one of her many creative inventions—the Cloak of Invisibility.
Harry receives the cloak as a gift. It allows him, no surprise, to become invisible each time he hides beneath it. Thus he is able to escape danger on occasion and to become privy to otherwise forbidden conversations. I’d like to have such a cloak, wouldn’t you? No such luck.
However, there’s another cloak of invisibility we can have—that we are actually instructed to use on many occasions. It’s the cloak we can don whenever we are tempted to flaunt our efforts, to have our good deeds recognized. The Bible talks about not “letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing, about doing our good deeds in secret.” This is somewhat counter to our current culture, but can still become our personal mode of operation. It’s the aftermath that’s tricky.
Following our Lord’s direction, and blessing someone in a secret way, can be great fun, actually. The trick is to give God the silent glory and then remain silent about the situation henceforth, never “accidentally” slipping into “wasn’t that cool?” mode.
Need some encouragement to keep with the invisibility plan? First, take a gander at Matthew six. Then consider enjoying this novel: Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas, © 1929. It’s the story of a man who decided to put his cloak of invisibility to good use throughout a lifetime filled with acts of kindness. If you choose to read it, let me know what you think!