Facing Giants

That roused the Philistine, and he started toward David. David took off from the front line, running toward the Philistine. David reached into his pocket for a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine hard in the forehead, embedding the stone deeply. The Philistine crashed, face down in the dirt. 1 Samuel 17:48-49

Run. Run quickly toward him. My breathing was fast as I ran. I was trying to control it by breathing deeply so I could have all the energy I needed when the battle began. Facing this Giant definitely was the craziest thing I've ever done. Ever. Even chasing a bear or a lion didn't seem so insane.

As I put my hand into my sling I felt the cool stone against my sweaty palm. "Lord, you've always been with me. You've provided what I've needed. I need you now." Without even thinking about it, my reflexes took over. All that I had done in the field as a shepherd kicked in. I put the stone in the sling and with an expertise that comes from hours and hours of practice; I swung the sling round and round over my head until I released it saying a prayer as it sailed through the air. "God, hit your mark."

It landed and hit the mark perfectly. The Giant crashed to the ground. As I ran toward him I thanked God for all he had taught me and for his divine hand in my life. Always. Always he's been there to help me face my Giants. "Thank you, God."