Last Saturday I came home from getting groceries and asked Hubby if he wanted to go fishing. Once we put the cold stuff away, we headed back out the door to buy licenses and bait.
As we headed to the creek, I prayed and asked God to keep me from seeing any snakes. For those of you who know me, you know my phobia of snakes.
We suited up in waders, fishing vests and grabbed our poles. Hubby walked ahead along the edge of the bank to check out the water. I trailed behind, taking pictures of flowers, rock formations and the bridge we walked under. Our youngest son trailed behind me. He paused every so often, but finally caught up.
We cast our lines into the water and waited for the trout to bite.
About five minutes later, my son asked if I saw those snakes back where he had paused?
"Snakes? As in plural?"
"Yeah, Mom. Two of them slithered down the bank. You walked right by them."
"No, I didn't see them." Thank you, God.
We waded down stream and fished for a bit, but then decided to head home since the fish must've been full already and didn't want our meal worms or wax worms.
Instead of walking back up the stream to get to our car, we walked the bank. Again, Hubby led the charge with me behind, and our son followed me. Again, he paused but told me to keep going. He pulled out his camera.
Once he caught up with us, he handed me a flower and said, "Here, Mommy. I picked you a flower for being so brave for walking past that coiled up snake."
"What snake?" Thank you, God.
The next morning in Sunday school, I taught David and Goliath to my Sunday school Darlings. After we discussed Goliath's size and how David was so much smaller, but took down the giant with God's help, I shared that sometimes we have giants in our lives that make us afraid.
I talked about my fear of snakes and how it affects outdoor activities with my family. Then I told them how I had prayed, asking God to keep me safe from seeing the snakes. I reminded them I had confidence that God would protect me. I concluded with Psalm 56:3:
When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
Each of us has a Goliath in our lives. Maybe it's a stalled writing career. Maybe it's a relationship issue. Maybe it's a financial problem. Maybe you're affected by health issues. Or maybe, you're dealing with all of those situations. Even one makes that giant seem unstoppable, let alone dealing with numerous Goliaths.
Thankfully, God is so much bigger than Goliath. God puts Davids in our lives to help us take down those giants. God gives us mentors to arm us against discouragement. He gives us Voices of Truth to help us work through problems. He gives us doctors and counselors to teach us how to care for ourselves.
No matter how looming your giant feels to you, it's not too big for God. When you're facing your Goliath, pray and ask God for courage, patience, peace and most of all, trust in Him. Most of all, remember--He's got this.
Your Turn: What Goliath are you facing today? How can we encourage you to get through it...or at least, help you to trust in God to know He's in this with you?