You may be going about your life, working, enjoying loved ones and minding your own business, then the giant appears.
Oh, the giant may not be another person, then again, it might. It might be a "situation" that certainly was not of your choosing.
Your giant might be financial difficulties, a drug addicted son or daughter, a gambling or pornography addicted spouse, church or civic group squabbles, or any myriad of other "giants" I hear on a daily basis as a counselor.
Giants stand for great difficulties, and giants are stalking everywhere.
They are in our families, in our churches, in our social life, in our own hearts, and we must overcome them or they will eat us up, as the men of old (Caleb and Joshua) said of the giants of Canaan. You remember the story, the other men saw giants (Numbers 13:33). But Caleb and Joshua saw God! These men of faith said, "They are bread for us; we will eat them up." In other words, "We will be stronger by overcoming them than if there had been no giants to overcome."
Mrs. Charles Cowman in Streams in the Desert writes, "It is when we are in the way of duty that we find giants. It was when Israel was going forward that the giants appeared. When they turned back into the wilderness they found none."
"There is a prevalent idea that the power of God in a human life should lift us above all trials and conflicts. The fact is, the power of God always brings a conflict and a struggle. One would have thought that on his great missionary journey to Rome, Paul would have been carried by some mighty providence above the power of storms and tempests and enemies. But, on the contrary, it was one long hard fight with persecuting Jews, with wild tempest, with venomous vipers and all the powers of earth and hell, and at last he was saved, as it seemed, but the narrowest margin, and had to swim ashore at Malta on a piece of wreckage and barely escape a watery grave."
"Was that like a God of infinite power? Yes, just like Him," Cowman continues.
Dear one, do not think something strange has happened to you as you go through life and the flowery road you expected turns into trenches of mud and walking becomes difficult. "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed, always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be manifested in our body."
You will become stronger by overcoming giants and walking through difficulties.
You will someday look back, as hindsight always is 20/20, and you will understand as your difficulty becomes food for others, as you share your experience. Cowman states, "God has nothing worth having that is easy.
There are no cheap goods in the heavenly market. Hard places are the very school of faith and character, and if we are to rise over mere human strength and prove the power of life, it must be through a process of conflict that may be called the birth of a new life."
Take heart, dear one, facing giants "Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world." Nearly all God's jewels are crystallized tears.
Kimberly Morgan is a wife, mom, and Bereavement Counselor with hospice. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter: @kimmorgan63.