Thursday, May 26, 2011

Facing Giants

If you're wondering what I've been up to lately, this pretty much sums it up:


Yep, I'm the little one.

I've got big dreams for a little community, but there are so many giants in the way.

Time

Health

Money

Fear

Discouragement

Satan has lots of sleazy sneaky weapons. And they keep stacking up higher and higher, bigger and bigger, scarier and scarier.

I have been tempted to give up, to walk away, to cower.

But then I am reminded of a courageous little boy named David and the giant he faced.

And the more I think of him, the more I am reminded of the God he feared and the giant he conquered.

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.       1 Samuel 17:45-47

So I am laying this battle into the hands of the Lord Almighty:

The same God who used a boy to slay a giant. The same God who parted the sea. The same God who created the Heavens and the Earth, the oceans and the mountains, the whale and its gentle beauty, the honeybee and its intricacies.

This same God, the Lord Almighty, holds this battle in his hands.

He knows each of his children by name and by heart. Even in the remote villages of Zimbabwe.

He is fighting their battle, ready to give the enemy into our hands.

He's just looking for courageous little girls and boys willing to stand in his name and face the giants.

Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it. (Mark Twain) What giants are you facing?

8 comments:

Amanda Ford said...

Yeah Awesome lines! am agree with you. keep it up.

Just me said...

"He's just looking for courageous little girl's and boy's willing to stand in his name and face the giants" - good point. I think I forget that bit sometimes!

JD said...

-- Rebecca, he's after us both these days, chasing relentlessly to thwart our efforts... but God is also after our hearts and He prepares the road ahead for us, He is our shield. We must outrun!!

Praying with you, for you, alongside of you.

Rebecca said...

@Amanda- Thanks!

@JustMe- Yeah, I had forgotten that too, but God has been sure to remind me lately :)

@JD- I think of you often and pray for you on this journey with the school, because I know God has given us very similar passions and missions! And I also often think of your word "outrun"...in fact, I didn't do an official word this year, but I think I may have accidentally stolen yours at some point in the last few month :)

Mark Langham said...

Thanks for the reminder Rebecca. Been in the doldrums of frustration at all those giants too.

Cathrine said...

Hey girl just thinking about you today. Hope you're remaining strong while knocking down those giants :)

Rebecca said...

@Mark- I know you know. You face the biggest giants day after day, and the way you stand strong continues to inspire me.

@Cat- Just incase you were wondering, you wrote that at the exact time I needed it. I was in my email uploading reports- which have taken over my life (and I'm not even in school...geesh!)and crunching numbers...big, huge, scary numbers, and I took a second to see what was in my inbox, and there was your comment. Just enough motivation to stay strong (or to not runaway and cry) :)

Kelsey said...

What a perfect photo to sum up your feelings for this.

Your perspective on the giants we all face is refreshing- thank you for such a positive post.