We sat around the table at a ‘Catch the Fire’ meeting, sharing amongst ourselves what God has been speaking to us individually and taking down notes that will help craft songs for the season. Boo of life poured out what was laid on his heart, and to drive home his point, he shared with us the conversation he had with Drama Queen one morning as he tried to prepare breakfast:
“I was frying some eggs and she wanted to help. I told her to step aside as I didn’t want her to get hurt, but she wouldn’t listen. I explained to her that because she is only 4 years old, she isn’t tall enough to flip the eggs in the pan. Without a word, she went to the closet, picked up the step stool, put it right in front of the cooker, climbed on it and said “No, I’m not four, I’m standing on the stool”.”
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms . . . Deuteronomy 33:27
Those words coming from our darling 4-year-old was the Lord speaking to him and pointing out how He wants us to see ourselves. So many times we have judged ourselves based on our abilities, limitations, weaknesses and even our strengths. There are times when our hearts have feared so much that we cowered at the sight of anything that looked even a little bit beyond our ability. But as I think about the young David standing before the giant that was Goliath, I wonder how he saw himself.
We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
That certainly wasn’t the mindset of David. Before Goliath, he stood tall and for only one reason:
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
1 Samuel 17:45
He knew who carried him. He knew who was backing him. He knew who sent him.
As DQ stood on that stool, she made a declaration that was way beyond her own understanding. She threw her present circumstance – which was her age and its subsequent height restrictions – out of the window and confessed the only possibility that resulted in the manifestation of her desires: “I’m standing on the stool”. Her restrictions were gone and in turn, the circumstance that caused it.
I can do ALL THINGS through CHRIST who gives me strength.
It would be wishful thinking if we ever thought we could do ALL THINGS on our own. But Paul was bold enough to make that confession because he knew for a fact that it had nothing to do with him, but the One who alone can do ALL THINGS – JESUS!
So just like DQ, whenever you are faced with an impossible situation, remember WHO IS CARRYING YOU!
Even to your old age and grey hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Have some God-fidence!