Have you ever had one of those slow-mo Matrix kind of moments in your life? That’s when all movement slows down because you are watching a projectile approach, and in the movie, Neo does a good job of dodging it. But when a projectile is articulated through the Holy Spirit’s intervention, taking a hit to the heart is a good thing. That’s what happened when I was in the midst of a skirmish with myself.
We each battle our version of the ‘impossible’ in our lives on an almost-daily basis – cramming in time for the next day’s exam, hitting that difficult sales target, preparing for a chemo, etc. Every situation seems bigger and stronger and more intimidating before that first step. We feel overwhelmed and discouraged when we see our ‘Goliaths’ in all of our impossible circumstances.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. (2 Corinthians 1.4)
Often, we rely on the experiences others have shared with us in the hopes of supporting us. But although our circumstances may appear to be the same, the lessons He wants us to learn from those circumstances may be varied and new – so shouldn’t our method of handling the situations be different too?
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
This excerpt is from 1 Samuel 17 when Saul, a seasoned warrior, is preparing David to battle Goliath. The circumstances they both faced were the same – war. But the armor, sword and helmet that worked to protect Saul were more burden than boon to the shepherd, David. So he wisely chose his own weapons, things that he knew well and trusted, to take to battle with him.
Isn’t it the same with us? We take comfort in knowing that others have been through the same situation but we may have to face the problem in a completely different manner.
So, if you are going through something difficult, stop comparing yourself and your circumstance with that of another’s. They may have sailed through the same difficulty and you may still be stuck in the heart of it. Your journey and your lessons are unique to you. Just face your ‘Goliath’ with weapons that you choose wisely – blind faith/unrelenting prayers, or anything that works best for you. Whatever it is, find it and hold fast – the battle is the Lord’s, after all.