Have you ever faced a giant in your life? All of us have – some really, really big and some just big. Remember the story of David and Goliath, and David’s courage. Just like David, you and I can face those giants with God and victory will come. What is a giant? Anything that stands between us and God, including other people, pressure, addiction, persecution, sickness, depression, etc.. How are you facing your giants? How are you teaching your children to face their giants?
This week in our Limitless Life study by Derwin Gray we are talking about courage and being afraid, and all kinds of labels that each of us carry. I can find myself worrying and being afraid, especially during storms or if I have to spend the night at home alone which is once in a blue moon. Have you ever been afraid? How about when you take an exam at school, afraid of health test results and what they will mean, afraid when your children are out late, afraid when you have to get up to speak at school or church, afraid of what the future holds? We have all been there. I would be lying if I said I had not been in all those situations at one time or another.
I will be married 45 years in August. Wow, right out of high school and now 45 years later and there have been many Goliath’s during our marriage and how God led us through those times in victory. Was the courage there at first – no? Were we afraid – oh yes we were? But each and every time I have to say that the victory came, the fear turned to courage, and God blessed and helped us slay those Goliath’s as we remained faithful, believing, and getting on our knees and trusting in His perfect plan for our lives.
I don’t have just one story. I don’t have just one testimony. There are many through all these years, and I know there will be more. We have to learn we can only get through those times leaning on Him and trusting in Him. He is the author of our lives, and He is continuously writing a beautiful song until He takes us home.
So here are just a few stories when my husband and I faced giants, and I will try to keep them short:
1. MISCARRIAGE – We went through at least six miscarriages before God finally blessed us with a son. Each pregnancy took more and more courage to try and try again until we eventually turned it over to Him and rested in His perfect timing, and oh how He blessed with a precious son and daughter after doctors told me after the fourth miscarriage I would never carry a child, but my BIG GOD had other plans. He had two special children planned to be born and grow up and be nurtured in His Word.
2. PREMATURE BABY – I had toxemia with both pregnancies, but it was critical with our daughter and our husband almost lost both of us. The took the baby nine weeks early and told him that neither of us might not make it through surgery. She was not expected to live, but people were praying all over the U.S. (even without facebook in those days) but by word of mouth from christian to christian and she came home after several months in the hospital. She had weighed in at 2 lbs 6 ozs and we did not know if she would make it because drugs were not available 30 years ago to strengthen the lungs. That giant was a hard one being told she would be slow and sick, but our BIG GOD saw that she was valedictorian and sigma cum laude. Only a BIG GOD can turn around those doctor’s expectations.
3. BROKEN BONES – I fell down the stairs years ago and had a compound fracture to my wrist. I went through a major surgery, an outer space looking contraption, painful therapy and months later could not use the hand. We had to search for another doctor to fix the previous surgery and ended up with the Dallas Cowboys doctor not knowing if it could be fixed. That doctor was not recommended – he just happened to be one that was listed in our preferred provider’s book. A BIG GOD answer to much prayer to find a doctor that could fix it.
4. DEATH – The loss of my Dad, the loss of my father-in-law and the loss of two nephews in about five years. That was painful. That was a giant none of us expected or wanted. All of them were too young. How do people go through these times without a BIG GOD to lean on.
6. ILLNESS – My Mom broke her leg, they did surgery and she got an infection that would later eat thru her leg, she could never use it again, and once the infection was outside they had to amputate. Her life was never the same, nor ours as we had to put her in a nursing home. Watching her suffer for years with COPD, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure and then this awful infection was hard. Our BIG GOD walked us through that journey all the while watching my Mom grow in Him.
5. LOSS – The loss of my Mom last year. Oh how I have leaned and cried to my BIG GOD this past year walking through that pain.
6. DISEASE – The joyous birth of our first grandchild and walking in to see him and seeing him without any skin on his precious little feet, and a major hospital not knowing what was wrong. Today he is doing well. He has a rare skin disease called EB, and he also has an unknown gene and after gene tests they don’t know what type EB he is, but our BIG GOD does and He knows what that unknown gene is and why it is there.
9. WATCHING YOUR CHILD SUFFER – A precious daughter who is still trying to conceive after many attempts and watching her walk through that valley. A BIG GOD who one day will provide that baby to hold in her arms. A precious son suffering with a child born with a horrible disease and feeling helpless, but knowing I have a BIG GOD who can change any circumstance.
So what do all these stories have in common with you? We all have something in common and that is life experiences. My experiences are different than yours. We look at our experiences with different perspectives, and how we handle those experiences will determine how God uses us.
That verse does not say that our life experiences will be good. It says according to His purpose. It is in our pain, in our valleys, that we find our purpose. God uses us when we are broken, when we are repentant, when we are hurting, when we are humble. We can’t look at our experiences with our perspective, but rather God’s perspective.
So how are you looking at your giants today? Remember God is with you every moment soaring over any giant in your life. He is fighting for you. Romans 8:28 reminds us He is working it all for our good and He is doing it all according to His purpose.