I’d like to tell you a story….. It is a story about a little boy who lived far away in a different country….
I’m not sure how present his mother was in his life, but his father was always there. His father was a hard worker, a humble man, and didn’t need much to keep him happy. He was a farmer, had a beautiful family and enjoyed his life.
Now, the boy was the youngest child but that didn’t stop him from doing his responsibilities. He worked hard. My understanding was that he was a good looking kid, had beautiful eyes and had strength but you wouldn’t know it from just looking at him. The boy kept to himself. He didn’t have time for friends because he was so busy working and helping his dad on the family farm. Truthfully, I think the animals on the farm were his best friends. I think he talked more with the animals that he did with real human beings.
He was very educated. He knew how to play instruments, dance, sing, he knew math, he knew how to write poetry, he knew strategies and logistics. He was far from being just a farmer’s son. He was a Christian and knew that God was the living God of the world. He was confident in his relationship with Christ.
One day, everything he knew would be tested.
You see, that one day, he didn’t know what was coming his way. He didn’t know that everything he had been through in his young life that God was preparing him for this moment. He was simply doing a task that his father asked him to do. It was a simple task…to take lunch to his older brothers. Anyone could have done it, even one of the farmhands. However, this young boy did as his father said. He wasn’t prepared for what was about to come. He didn’t think ahead. He just LISTENED and DID what his father had asked!
He left the comforts of his farm and headed to the valley. As he approached the valley he heard cheers, laughter, he heard murmurs, he heard rumors, he heard crying, he heard fear, he heard mean and degrading words. However, he continued to the valley. As he got closer to that valley, he got curious and began asking the others just sitting and waiting in the valley “What is going on”? As they began to tell him that one of their greatest fears was coming true, the young boy became puzzled. “What do you mean?”, he asked. “You believe today is the day we are to be destroyed”? “Wait, aren’t you the strongest and valiant in all of our country”? “Why do you sit here and wait to be killed?” “Why do you sit here in fear?” “Why are you doing NOTHING?”
With confidence, this boy knew how to solve the problem when everyone else was so afraid. He was ready! He was ready to look fear straight in the eyes and defeat it. He knew that with God on his side, he could do the impossible. He didn’t question himself. He didn’t think twice. He wasn’t afraid. He just KNEW that he could win!
When others heard that this farmer’s boy was going to solve the problem they were all facing, they laughed at him, they mocked him. They told him he couldn’t do it. They tried to talk him out of it. They had fear for his safety. Even his own brothers told him he was stupid. Even the giant problem that he was going to be facing head on even laughed at him, he thought it was all a joke.
However, this young boy had a secret. He knew something that the others didn’t know. He knew his training as a farmer would come in handy. He knew that many times while tending his sheep, he had to keep the bad animals away from them. When the bad animals would break through the gate and grab one of his sheep, he would hunt the animal down and with his own hands he would kill the animal that was trying to hurt one of his sheep. He knew his own strength. He knew his training. He knew that with one blow to the head of an animal that it would kill them instantly. He also knew that all those times when the sheep grazed and he laid in the grass singing praises and worship his God, that RIGHT NOW his God would not fail him. He had a relationship with the one true Shepherd!
As everyone else ran away from the valley, he ran directly into the eye of the valley. As he looked up and faced that giant, he took a simple, smooth stone and with perfect aim and precision, he shot that stone into the air and killed that giant.
This boy was that- JUST A BOY! He was a farmer’s son. He was a nobody. He was an outsider. However, This boy would dance before the Lord. This boy would make mistakes, but this boy knew what it meant to be rescued. This boy would go on to be a famous writer helping millions and millions of people know what it means to be rescued from a pit. This boy would go on to be KING. This boy would become a man after God’s own heart. This boy would be part of the lineage of Jesus Christ himself.
This boy didn’t allow others to determine who he would become. This boy didn’t let times in the valley keep him down. This boy didn’t let fear overtake him and paralyze him. This boy knew that God was on his side. This boy knew joy, hope, and love like no other. This boy had a face to face relationship with God.
So, what is stopping you? Why are you content in your valley? Why do you let others tell you what you can and can’t do? Why do you let your past determine how you are going to live your future? Why do you believe that God can’t use you? Why do we make the excuse that we need to do all these things first in order to prepare for battle, when sometimes all we need is faith and a stone. Why do we tell teens they can’t make an impact because they are only teenagers? Why do we let fear stop us dead in our tracks? Why do we not go at all? Why don’t we listen? Why do we make it so complicated? Why do we make excuses?
I encourage you…..STOP MAKING EXCUSES.
GRAB HOLD OF GOD. GRAB HOLD OF A STONE. TAKE HOLD OF YOUR FEARS, LOOK THEM IN THE FACE AND KILL THEM.
BE CONFIDENT THAT GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE! BE CONFIDENT THAT IN EVERYTHING GOD CONQUERS! BE CONFIDENT THAT GOD WINS! BE CONFIDENT!!
GO AND FEED A CHILD! GO AND LOVE THE UNLOVED! GO AND SING AND DANCE BEFORE THE LORD! GO AND TELL THE GOOD NEWS! GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES!