Are you staring into a seemingly impossible day? One winter when my daughter Katherine lived in New York, where winters are brutal, she stepped into what she thought would be a “normal” day. She dropped her children off at school and returned home to a full Monday. She went downstairs to the basement laundry room only to find that a pipe had broken and the floor was completely flooded.
Katherine went into action. She called her husband for advice, called their insurance agent, and started into her first five hours of mopping, bailing water, and moving possessions.
The next day, the plumber came and found yet another leak in Katherine’s upstairs master bedroom, which had flooded the dry garage where she and her husband had moved their furniture. All of Paul’s hard work of painting, tiling, and putting down hardwood floors was ruined, as well as much of their furniture and possessions.
The emails she sent shared her shock, woes, challenges, the details of the catastrophe ... but they also shared her “roll up your sleeves attitude.” And her tales were sprinkled throughout with thanksgiving to God that the flooding wasn’t worse, that, as her young children said, “It’s OK, Mom. It’s only stuff."
Facing Your Giants
Maybe my daughter Kath’s situation seems somewhat trivial and “daily” compared to what’s in front of you today. But every problem is to be confronted in the same way and with the same decisiveness, strength, and grace that only comes from God. What’s in front of each of us is God’s will for us this minute and this day. We have our own personal challenges. And we’re to go through them and over to the other side.
Perhaps you’re facing a frightening life or death situation for yourself or a loved one. What gives us the ability to think straight and make good decisions under duress? To keep a clear head and resist the temptation to give in to sorrow or depression? And just where are we supposed to obtain the energy and courage needed to even take a deep breath and take the first step into God’s will and our present challenge?
Power, valor, and victory come from God as you and I obediently press on by faith. You will be able to follow God with all your heart, face your fears and demands, and fight on to gain the victory when you count on:
- God’s will—“Have I not commanded you?”
- God’s presence—The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Dear Lord, when I’m scared, tired, worried, or feeling aimless, I know that You care about me and every aspect of my life. Please help me trust in You. Amen.
Prayers for a Woman's Heart by Elizabeth George-Short devotions follow each prayer to help you navigate your relationships with your family, friends, and the world around you.
Read Joshua 1 and make notes of how God gave Joshua courage.
Every problem is to be confronted with decisiveness, strength, and grace that only comes from God.