What is your giant? There are so many out there wandering around, wreaking havoc by plundering, pillaging, destroying! Cancer, Divorce, depression, suicide, finance, employment or lack there of, betrayal, death… the list depending on the person could go on and on. It isn’t usually just one giant we face at a time, but several.
I have several right now. I didn’t really think of the situations as giants until a small child opened my eyes and mind to real giants.
Leaving church I stopped to give my godson his birthday gift. I then walked him to the van where his mom and younger siblings waited. I hugged him and turned to say hello to the minis in the back of the van. Suddenly, Noodle jumped from his booster seat…”this is a gift for you!”, he said excitedly, nearly falling to get to the window and hand me something. I held out my hand and he placed a small stone in it. I asked him, “Are you sure you want to give this to me?” His reply was emphatic… “YES!! it is for you!” I smiled, reminded of the selfless giving of children.
I turned the stone in my hand noticing the smooth warmth. I admired the colored lines from blue, green and red markers on it. Turning it over I found a scripture reference…
1 Samuel 17:49-50 (I added verse 50)
“49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face-down on the ground.50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.”
Goliath a giant of a man, standing before David a boy. Could you imagine standing before a nine foot tall man? Think of a small child looking up at you, remember to a child, a grown up looks much like a giant, check the perspective.
Our giants appear insurmountable, impossible, and hopeless, a few thoughts that fog our minds as we face our giants. In our own strength there is no way we can conquer these giants. David was called by God to do what he did. We are called by God as well.
As I held the stone in my hand, I thought of the giants. I thought of the stone and which giant I would throw at first. Self doubt? Depression? Disappointment? Griping that stone, I knew I could not throw it hard enough to destroy those giants. I would have to fall to my knees and ask for help, not from mere man, but from the one who looms larger than our giants. The one who has taken on all the doubt, depression, disappointment and anything else that I wallow in. Jesus has taken it all, and in doing so has given me the strength to sling this stone hard enough to obliterate the giants that stand in my way, that hold me down, that holler I am not good enough.
I turned the stone over and over in my hand. A gift from a small boy, a revelation, and God speaking to me,
“What are your giants child? You know I will give you victory. Trust in me, do as I say. It is only when you throw that stone, in my name, with my power that you will slay those giants. “
There will always be giants in our lives. How we approach them will determine the outcome of the battle. Looking past what is blocking our view, focusing on Christ above all will give us the strength to stand against our foe. It is in Him we have victory, in Christ alone.