journaled this morning at 6:56am
“The sun has been waking both Claire and I at 6:30 these days. I put blankets over her windows last night and it was much quieter in there this morning. But I was still awake, so I decide to read my Bible for the first time in what feels like weeks. This could become a nice habit – rising with the sun – at least until Daylight Savings Time ends.
The verse that stood out to me this morning was in the story of David and Goliath, when David refused to wear the armor that Saul provided for him “because he had not proved it.” Whatever that means in KJV, this is what it meant to me: David went with what he knew would work. He had experienced God’s protection with his simple techniques of sling and stone in the past, and this is what he relied on when faced with a giant.
What is my giant this week? Trying to spring clean a huge house with limited energy and two little munchkins who seem to undo whatever I accomplish as soon as I turn my back. Do I face this giant by trying to be superwoman? By pushing myself from morning to night, with weighty lists and carefully sifted priorities? With impatient words to my children as I doggedly slog toward my goal? Or, do I choose to trust God, and fall back on the old ways – back to the simple days when I started my day with the Word and prayer, and trusted that He would help me accomplish all He wanted me to. Some days that may mean I will kill a giant (or finally get the pantry organized). Other days I may watch sheep and sing psalms (play with my kids and sing lullabies). And I will trust God with the battle and my sheep.”
Are you facing a giant? Or stuck herding sheep? God is the same God on the pasture and the battle field. Don’t lose faith in Him just ’cause you face a new set of circumstances.