Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Face Down

"The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground." 1 Samuel 17:49

Have you ever been hit in the face? I don't mean slapped or punched. I trust that has never happened. But hit by an object accidentally. I still remember Grade Seven gym class. For 'fun' we were going to play 'Murder Ball' with two balls! Think about it for a second. How can anything called, "Murder Ball" be fun???

Anyway, not being athletic in the least, I became the easy target. I had managed to dodge a good number of balls before it happened. I can still see her face. Both balls were in her possession. Her eyes locked mine. She was out for the kill and she nailed it. Her aim was perfect. Both balls made contact with my face and I went down. The impact knocked me backwards and I fell with a thud on the gymnasium floor. I spent the next little while in the school office with ice packs on my face and head trying to keep the swelling down as I waited for my Dad to come and pick me up.

I'm not sharing this for sympathy, but to make a point. You see, when the flying missiles hit my face, the force sent me backwards. It's a simple law of science. An object hit by another will continue travelling in the same direction. However, did you see what God's Word recorded in the telling of Goliath? He fell "face down". He fell forward making it very obvious that the stone had nothing to do with his death, but God alone slayed the giant.

No giant can ever win against a BIG God. We have to continually measure the size of our 'giants' against the size of our God. He is always BIGGER!

Trusting Him as I face my 'giants' today. Placing my tiny stone in a sling to demonstrate my faith, and waiting on God's timing to bring my 'giant' down.

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Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I love what you said about the reason he fell face FORWARD was because it was GOD and not the stone that actually killed him!

Hope things are better with your father.

God bless you!


Unreasonable Grace said...

Too stinkin' cool! I never saw that before! I'll start reminding my giants of this!
You are still in my prayers.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I love this post! It is awesome and I echo what Marilyn said.

I just love "face down". It is the posture we need to be in more often.

Thanks for sharing,

Anonymous said...

My Friend Joy,
So glad you came today. I was only there because God led me there. I feel your pain. Don't live alone in the shadow of "your giant" let God use your friends, we want to be here for you.
More than a cyberfriend.

On Purpose said...

Isn't God simply amazing?! For nothing we come up against is too big for Him. Nothing catches Him off guard and nothing keeps Him from working out His plan! It just excites me.

Have you read..."Facing Your Giants" by Max Lucado?


Wow, Joy, this was a great post to ponder! The devil seems to always have 'giants' in my path - ones that need to be slain!

But I'm also glad that God has at least one 'Gentle Giant' promised to me!

God spoke volumes to me through this...

Choosing JOY,
[Kneeling -Face Down- in Prayer]