Thursday, May 19, 2011

What Are Your Giants?

My devotional today yesterday (I started to write this post yesterday, but had to leave the computer midway because it was just so hot) discussed giants. Of course, the biblical text involved Goliath who is purported to have stood at a height of 9'9". If my googling netted me the correct data, the tallest players in the NBA were 7'7" (Bol and Muresan). In medical history, the tallest man was 8'11" tall. At 4'11.5", I'm certainly no giant. My head probably would have reached Goliath's knees or thereabouts. However, I grew up feisty - sharp-tongued and pugnacious. I certainly didn't fear going up against taller people. That was then - before I became a Christian. Of course, age taught me fear. Faith, however, improved my character, mellowing that scrapper in me. Where before I had plenty of bravado, I later learned what true courage was about. The giants of my life now are no longer juvenile bullies or adults who wanted to push kids around. They're stuff like serious illnesses (up until I was in my 20s, I never had to deal with death in the family -- and there was the time when my sister was gravely ill with a mysterious illness), financial worries, parenting dilemmas, etc. Real world problems wouldn't have fled with their tail between their legs from a sample of my banshee-shrill tongue lashing. Problems, grown-up ones, require something less laughable to battle against. And always, the perspective has to be right. All these giants are but like Goliath. I'm sure David at 17 was taller than all of my almost 5 feet, but he was still a shrimp compared to that Philistine (did you ever go through a stage when you went about throwing the word philistine around? I did.). David, however, knew that his God was big, bigger than anything, period. With faith, giants become as ants and serious problems do not cause sleepless nights or the stripping of your joy.
Personally, I really thought that the grown-up world was beyond my tolerance. It was taxing and just plain uncool. It was easier to pretend that I'd missed the passage into adulthood, kind of like a case of arrested development. However, life persisted and I couldn't be in denial anymore. Responsibilities, both welcome and unwelcome, fall on one's lap. It's a scary world and frequently too hard to handle since I didn't really prepare myself well for it. It is only faith in God that enables me to rise to the occasion. I find, really, that this is the right equipment for facing life. My own capabilities are seriously wanting, but through God's grace, I can trounce the giants that come my way.


I have made You too small in my eyes
O Lord, forgive me;
And I have believed in a lie
That You were unable to help me.
But now, O Lord, I see my wrong
Heal my heart and show Yourself strong;
And in my eyes and with my song
O Lord, be magnified
O Lord, be mag - nified.

CHORUS:

Be magnified, O Lord
You are highly exalted;
And there is nothing You can't do
O Lord, my eyes are on You.
Be magnified,
O Lord, be mag - nified.

I have leaned on the wisdom of men

O Lord, forgive me;
And I have responded to them
Instead of Your light and Your mercy.
But now, O Lord, I see my wrong
Heal my heart and show Yourself strong;
And in my eyes with my song
O Lord, be magnified
O Lord, be magnified.

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