Why I Loved Wonder Woman
On our date this week, Logan took me to see Wonder Woman. Because I’m not generally a super hero movie kind of girl, he had gone to see the movie with a friend a few weeks ago, but came home with raised eyebrows and said, “I think you’ll like it.” As soon as we walked out of the theater on Monday night, he looked at me and said, “So…?” I didn’t stop raving about it for the next ten minutes. Ha!
There are several things I appreciated about the film and the character of Wonder Woman herself, but there was one particular aspect that stood out to me that I want to talk about here. As strange as this sounds, the thing I liked most about the movie was seeing a woman…fight. It instantly reminded me of Genesis 2 and God’s first description of a woman, so well stated in Marilette Sanchez’s recent post ::
In Genesis 2:18, God said “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” … The Hebrew words used for “helper suitable” are “ezer kenegdo.” The word “ezer” is a military term used 21 times in the Old Testament, twice to describe Eve, and three times to describe Israel in her alliances with other nations. The remaining sixteen times that the word appears in the Old Testament, God uses the word “ezer” to describe himself. (For all my fellow bible nerds, here are all the verse references where you can find the word “ezer.”)
God describes himself as “ezer” during the times in war when Israel is about to lose. The Psalmist refers to God as “ezer” when he says, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 120:1-2…).
Did you catch that? God names Eve “ezer” and then He consistently applies the same name to Himself. God is the aid, the strong help in desperate situations, and we women were created to follow suit.
When I was watching Wonder Woman, I realized how very unaccustomed I am to the concept of the warrior woman. Everything about watching the female form fight was surprising and unexpected, but also magnificently graceful and beautiful. In almost every situation, Wonder Woman is driven to fight in order to defend the helpless—not out of vengeance or anger—and her strength and power is a sight to behold.
It reminds me of a time when Logan and I were driving up to a friend’s house for a party. Lots of families and children were already playing in the yard, but I noticed my friend Torrie frantically counting heads. As cars sped by on the nearby road, she could not find her daughter. The next instant she had run out into the street, stopping all traffic with nothing more than her body and a fierce look until she could locate her child.
As we parked, Logan said, “That’s my favorite thing about women. I love that mother bear instinct.” But I think it’s more than that. I think it’s what we were made for—to be the valiant protectors of those we love, to fight doggedly for what is right without concern for ego or recognition, to endure great hardship and pain in order to bring beauty and life into this world. May God empower us all to be the warrior women he created us to be.
P.S. The quote is from a great post about Wonder Woman by Marilette Sanchez. I first read about the concept of ezer in Lost Women of the Bible by Carolyn Custis James, one of my very favorite books. Highly recommend both the post and the book!