“FOR EVERY GOLIATH THERE IS A STONE”
I was sitting in church not long ago when my Pastor said, “Your prayers might not be answered here on earth, but you might just be the answer to someone else’s prayer.”
The Israelites were looking for an answer to their prayer. They didn’t expect how it would come.
David turned out to be the miracle the Israelites were looking for. He just didn’t know it. (I love this because if he had known, he probably would have blown his first assignment) For that matter, they didn’t know it either. They were confident Saul was their answer.
David was confident in what his God was capable of doing. Regardless, of what happened in his life.
As you know, David slew Goliath with a stone.
Miracle accomplished. Not the way the Israelites had envisioned. But how God wanted it to play out.
Let me ask you a question… What if David’s stone had missed?
What would Goliath have done?
What would David had done?
Do you think Saul and David would have had a huddle to discuss his errant throw? Discuss what to do now?
Think Goliath would have stood there and laughed until he couldn’t breathe?
Would the Israelites turn tail and run? They were so good at this. Running.
Let me ask this question: Have you ever gotten to the place where there was nothing left for you to do and you felt like a failure?
You. had. literally. done. all. you. knew. to. do.
You prayed. You sought counseling. You prayed. You cried. You got angry. You lost hope.
Has someone told you: you needed to have more faith, pray harder, fight for it, or stay? (their heart was in the right place)
Nothing you did was the miracle you had been praying for!
My Pastor said this in his message this past weekend:
“Have you ever had to regroup after your stone missed?”
It was so startling to me I literally yelled out loud during the message.
- You went to counseling/your marriage ended in divorce
- you talked to your boss/you were let go
- You got the “help” your child needed/they weren’t healed and the worst fear you had became real
- you got financial counseling/still had to declare bankruptcy
- you prayed and prayed for that miracle/ it just wasn’t answered the way you thought it would.
Please understand, I’m writing from a complete place of weakness and vulnerability.
Been there. Done that. All of it. Didn’t get the t-shirt. Just wounds and scars.
I was driving the other night when I asked my friend this question, “Libs, is it possible that all I’ve gone through is my miracle I prayed for?
I texted my friend Holly this morning. Posed this same question to her.
Told her I wanted her to look at it from all angles and to process through it before she answered.
A few hours went by. Here’s her response:
Listen to Blessings by Laura Story.
Here are some of the words to the song;
We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things
‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?
We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
And all the while You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe
When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It’s not our home
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can’t satisfy?
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise?
My friend Bonnie said these words to me in a text just this afternoon, “He sees around corners.” Oh. My. Word.
He doesn’t have a blind spot.
Listen, I’m not jumping up and down for joy that I went through what I went through. But, when I get to the other side of it, will I recognize God’s hand in all of it? Will I see how He moved me from there to here? I’m beginning to see a hint of it.
What is it you’ve gone through that is/was your greatest heartbreak? It will take time for you to see. This life is hard. But my prayer for you is that you will begin to see hope that God saw what was coming. But most importantly, you will see Him as your miracle regardless of where you find yourself today.
I would love to hear your story. To know what your miracle is. Even when it didn’t seem like one at the start.