My guest today is Rose Chandler Johnson. I was reading through some of Rose’s blog posts, Write Moments with God, and was struck by this one. As writers we face giants. My giant today wanted to rob me of creativity. How about you? Are you a melancholy, artistic type, and your productivity seems often hinged on a mood or the obstacles that threaten your state of mind? This is good to remember.
Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver you into my hand. I Samuel 17:45-46A
After my devotional time the other day, I praised God for the beautiful day. As I sipped my coffee, I enjoyed the view from my window— golden leaves fluttered on the dogwood tree with the morning sun sparkling through. I smiled. Peaceful.
All was right in my world.
The first thing on my to-do list was to choose my insurance plan for the year during its annual open enrollment. I sat down at the computer by the window expecting to be done within fifteen minutes. I signed into the website. To my dismay, when I got to the screen where I’d make a selection, the screen was grayed out, and NO COVERAGE was already selected for me. I couldn’t move forward or backwards. I had to resort to the 1-800 number.
So with that, I began a series of back-to-back calls to my insurance provider until I finally got a place in line. I held for a little over an hour before I could talk to a live representative. During the 2 ½ hour process, all was resolved. But what was happening in my body as a result of that predicament?
My lovely, happy view out the window was the same. The leaves swayed in the dogwood tree and squirrels played on its branches, as I held the phone to my ear and glanced back and forth at the computer screen. Earlier I was all smiles. Now unpleasant changes were taking place in my body as a result of this unexpected inconvenience.
My heart rate rose.
Tension across my forehead warned my blood pressure was rising.
My shoulder began to ache; my neck got stiff.
I was afraid.
All because of an unexpected glitch which resulted in insurance complications.
I had to stop myself and take note. HEY, everything is still right with my world!
This was just another giant. (Okay, maybe I made a mountain out of a mole hill.) But, it seemed like a giant, and we have to face these giants daily in some shape or form…but, still, the things that mattered most had not changed.
I want to be like David. Just think of that little shepherd boy who faced a real giant. He had confidence in God’s presence, protection, and provision.
If we focus on the negative—the problem, the opposition, the pain, the loss, the sickness, the sorrow, the FEAR… It will grow in proportion to the attention we give it, and dominate our mind, and torment our physical body with the weight of that burden we take on.
That’s why we have to focus on God—His presence, protection, and provision.
To maintain that godly perspective that assures us, “All things are possible with God…” (Matthew 19:26b)
We can walk on water (Matthew 14:29) and move mountains (Matthew 21:21) and slay all our giants without breaking a sweat.
That’s when all’s right with my world.
Thanks for the wake up call, Rose. I just got some work done today. My giant? Slain.
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