This month is almost over and we feel like it really flew by! Normally January is such a long month and I understand for some of you reading this it is feeling that way! With winter in full force January sometimes drags on and on and on and….well you get the point. That is why I feel this blog, that has been stirring in my heart for a few weeks, is timely.
You see a couple weeks ago we got an email from a client canceling her services. When we are so far away from home where our business is based you feel helpless when an email like this comes through. You also quickly do some math. 😉 It is in this moment that you feel like you are facing giants.
You see I have to make something clear. I am not the one full of faith, beside Moses, when they arrive at the Red Sea. I am the one complaining and scared. Do you know why I know this? Because I like comfort. You know the story and if you don’t maybe take the rest of the month to read Exodus. You will find the history of the Israelite slaves. I find that they had shelter, food, long term employment and freedom to worship their God. Sure sometimes they got hurt because they weren’t moving fast enough, they couldn’t really do what they wanted all the time or missed the ability to take a vacation but overall it was a pretty good deal. It had been all the Israelite generations had known for hundreds of years and seemed like the safest and most secure option.
Safe…I like that word a lot. I know that I could create a VERY GOOD argument when it came to leaving Egypt. Let’s stay safe.
But now we have crossed over and the time has come to make one more crossing before we arrive in the promised land but the reports have come back – there are giants here! Fear, uncertainty, doubt, worry, anxiety, hurt, disappointments, sadness…the list could go on and on. Each time we face any of these we feel we are facing giants. How do we overcome? How do we cross over into the unknown? How do we leave what we know? And the biggest question of them all….Can we trust God to take these giants down?
Mike and I took a moment once I communicated the email from the client. We settled our souls that would like to freak out every time a proposal is denied or a client cancels and reminded ourselves that it’s not our money, it’s His. He is our provider and supplier. These thoughts of truth bring calm to our souls but you can’t help but feel the giant is still there, staring you down and you are still facing it.
That same morning, the morning our client canceled, we get a call. A call from the TV station here in Baguio, the largest morning show for the city is inviting Highland Aquaponics to join them for a 7-10 min segment about our farm and vegetables. It was for the following morning at 6:15AM?!?!? What? It was out of the blue and it was amazing. We quickly prepared images, sent the station the names and titles they requested, harvested fresh veggies to show off and prepped our messaging. It was a bit of a whirlwind day.
Right smack in the middle of our souls freaking out a bit God comes in like a flood with a distraction from heaven and most of all a reminder…”I am here, I have gone before you, I will provide, I will guide.” Oh what peace to my soul.
Psalm 138:8 The LORD will fulfill His purpose in me. O LORD, Your loving devotion endures forever—you do not abandon the works of Your hands.
When we are facing giants we must believe that this giant is an opportunity. An opportunity for God and I. For me to trust and for HIM to fight. I cannot conquer the giants by myself – but it is an opportunity to LEAN IN and ON my God. He is the one that has already prepared the way, he knows and he is ready. Anything I have to face that feels too big, too overwhelming or just plain impossible I can remind my soul that He that started this work will complete it. HE WILL, not me.
Exodus 14:13,14 But Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the LORD’s salvation, which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Instead of facing those giants with my thoughts stirring fear, uncertainty, doubt, worry, anxiety, hurt, disappointments, sadness etc. I will fix my thoughts and eyes on Him. My favorite verse when it comes to peace is from Isaiah 26:3. “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” So I rest – with simple thoughts of turth, promise and my good good Father.
I need only be still – He will fight for me. These giants will fall. The promised land of whatever I am facing will be mine. It’s a promise.