A Coffee and Some Beginnings Friday
Oh, there are times when I’ve seen the answers after the fact. (Like the time I prayed for confirmation I had made the right decision in ending a relationship, only to realize a few years later God answered in a big way about a week and half after the initial prayer.) But when I’m in the midst of a struggle? Well … I’m usually so wrapped up in it I fail to see what God is trying to show me. Not all the time, mind you – but often enough.
Which is why when I was at my church’s weekly mid-week Bible study this past Wednesday, I almost did an actual little jig when I realized close to the end of the session prayers from that morning were being answered. But rather than dance, I bolded what I needed from my typed notes and have been sneaking peeks at them ever since.
Oh, Wednesday … On Wednesday I was wondering about work and writing and an upcoming stretch at my office job that promises to be busy and getting the house properly cleared of clutter and (basically) All the Things in Life. So before work I prayed, and at work I was able to let it go as I had plenty to do so there was no time to ponder my worries and cares (which also may have been an answer).
Then Wednesday evening I heard our associate pastor teach on one of one of his favourite Bible characters – David, the shepherd king. Specifically, about David and the giant Goliath, and near the end Pastor Darryl said this:
Be yourself and let God do His work.
It had branched off from this passage of scripture in relation to David’s preparation to fight Goliath. King Saul had given David his armor, but David found it to not be a good fit for him:
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. -1 Samuel 17:39b, c (NIV)
And that, right there, freed something in me.
Be yourself Let God do His work
I don’t have to tackle the upcoming days the same as “everyone else”. I, like David, can fight a giant using not the unfamiliar weaponry of another, but the ones I have already learned how to use in the midst of my “every day”. And most importantly, I’m not fighting these battles (as they are) alone.
Now to be honest, I’m not all the way there – the proof, as the saying goes, will be in the pudding. But the things I was worrying about no longer look quite so worrisome. And that’s a very good thing.
Happy Friday, all!