“Puny giants?” What is that? It is an oxymoron, so Laurie taught her children Thursday morning on the way to the airport. The giants were the obstacles and trials they might face throughout the day as they made the journey back to Ecuador to begin their new ministry in the city of Cuenca. They were puny because nothing is too great for God.
Check-in with their 33 pieces of luggage and carry-ons loomed before them with the possibilities of being over-weight and having to pay extra charges. Security, with the daunting potential of having to open every bag while keeping track of everything in them as well as the little ones taking off and putting on again their shoes, weighed heavily on them. Being held up somewhere and missing flights; trekking through miles of airport corridors with every one of them heavily-laden with stuffed-to-the-max carry-ons and personal items; the baby crying non-stop (she is notoriously not a good traveler); luggage being lost or broken into—all these were giants in the minds of the already exhausted family. And then the thought of most likely having to open every piece of luggage for customs in Guayaquil at midnight seemed like the greatest giant of all. Their experiences in the past had them expecting the worst.
We rejoiced as one by one the Lord knocked down the puny giants they faced. Hundreds of people were praying them home. I received dozens of calls and messages that day wondering how it was going. And at each checkpoint they were able to call home and tell us what had happened.
- They were the only ones at check-in and three very nice American Airlines people had helped them check in. Several of their bags were overweight by two pounds, but they waived the $150 per bag they could have charged, as well as another $210 in second bag fees they had fully expected to pay. Praise the Lord!
- Their flight had been delayed due to weather and they were going to miss their flight in Miami, but the check-in people already had them booked on the next flight out to Guayaquil—a mere two hours behind their original flight. That was fine with them. They could relax for a bit and have breakfast while they waited. Praise the Lord!
- Security personnel could not have been nicer. They waved them through with only a glance at their two computers, and even furnished them a couple carts that had already been paid for, for all their carry-ons, etc. Praise Him once again!
- The baby did well with only a few fussy moments, and actually slept almost the entire way between Miami and Guayaquil. A big “Praise the Lord!” for that one!
- Customs in Guayaquil was, in Fernando’s words, “a breeze!” All their bags made it and the customs people just waved them right through without opening a thing! Praise the Lord!
By the time they reached their hotel in Guayaquil they were tired but happy. Laurie told me it was the easiest trip they’d ever made, despite having six children now and all that baggage! The potentially dangerous trip by bus through the mountains the next morning from Guayaquil to Cuenca was also, in their words, “easy and beautiful!” Thank you, Lord, for answered prayer! What a wonderful lesson to teach their children!
I Samuel 17 gives us the account of young David, the shepherd boy who faced the Philistine giant, Goliath. “And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying…”for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”…David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee… Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him.” (vs. 28, 37, 45-47, 49-50).
Goliath, in all his strength and size and might, thought he could defy the living God for he did not realize that before it even began, the battle was the Lord’s. He may have frightened the entire army of Israel, but in God’s eyes, and the eyes of a young boy who trusted in Him, he was puny.
There are times when we fear what lies ahead. Whether it is obstacles and trials that we know are before us, or simply the unknown that we fear; whether it is a spiritual battle we are facing, or a conflict in a relationship, job situation, health issue—or whatever, we sometimes are so worried and fearful that we are defeated before we’ve even begun to fight. David knew from past experience that God was with him. So do we. David trusted that although Goliath was huge, and strong and fierce, his God was far greater. We know that, as well. David could go forth into battle knowing that the battle was the Lord’s. We ought to face every battle, conflict, trial and obstacle in our lives believing that the battle is His and He is far greater, far stronger and far more powerful than any puny giant we will ever face. The victory will always be His—and ours when we trust in Him.