When we moved into our house, we had several giant, heavy rocks in our backyard. They were nice rocks, more like small boulders but they were oddly placed. We wanted to move them from the backyard to the front.
The only problem was I couldn't lift them. Not even close.
These obnoxious, decorative rocks were here to stay because I wasn't be able to move them. They were stuck and so was I.
I measured the weight of those rocks against my own strength and lost.
I was reminded of something a mentor once told me when I was facing some obstacles in my life. Measure the weight of what is before you against God's strength, not your own.
Trying to lift those rocks in my yard was impossible because I was measuring their weight against my strength. But what if I brought in a small tractor? And what if that tractor was rigged with a lift that was perfectly designed to carry and relocate heavy objects?
Measuring the weight of the rocks against the strength of the tractor evened the scales, even flipped them. This is doable!
My mindset shifted. Rest and relief would fall upon me and my lower back.
If we're not careful, looking at what's ahead -- treatments, difficult conversations, business travels, or ministry opportunities -- we'll measure what is before us according to our strength. No wonder despair, fatigue, and worry fall upon on our soul.
But if we measure what is before us according to the strength of Christ and His power within, well that changes things.
Sometimes we need to have faith way before the day we draw on God's strength.
In the moments before David and Goliath squared off, we can see our everyday lesson played out.
"Then Saul said to David, 'You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth (1 Sam 17:33)."
Those rocks are too heavy to lift.
"David replied, 'The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." (v. 37)
Three little rocks will do.
Of course when Goliath sees David he looks at him and taunts him (v. 42).
I feel like I hear taunts all the time.
And then what I love most is David weighing the greatness of Goliath against the armies of the Living God. "You come to me with a sword, a spear and a javelin, but I come to you in the Name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, who you have taunted."
That phrase, In the Name, speaks of covenant union. David came in that name. He entered that situation weighing the obstacle not according to himself but according to the God to whom he was joined.
The beauty here is that we believers are in His great Name. We humbly come into every and any situation interconnected with the mighty power of God. Claiming and anticipating Christ's power casts a shadow on the opportunities and obstacles before you and me.
If you are coming before some heavy opportunities or obstacles, what might it look like to weigh those things against our union with the Living God?
What might happen if we allow just a little more time and margin to consider these things in light of Christ's loving, strong presence?
My prayer is to come upon every situation, conversation, opportunity, or obstacle in the Name of Christ.