A few months ago…
I was browsing through my Bible app in search of a new daily devotional to begin. My eyes landed on one titled “Goliath Must Fall” – a shorter version based on a book by Lou Giglio. I read the synopsis, started the devotional, but read too far ahead and, a devotional that should’ve lasted me a week, I was finished with in just a couple of days. In it, Giglio refers to emotions and feelings such as fear, anxiety, stress, etc. as “giants in our lives”. But by God’s power in and through us, they must – and will – fall. It was a very encouraging little devotional and I wished I had made it last longer.
Sunday, July 30…
My church live streamed a message from our sister church in Montana where Lou Giglio was guest speaking. The title of his sermon was “The Giant of Fear”. There were a few things he said that really stood out and resonated with me. But instead of going into a lot of detail, I’ll just copy what I wrote down in my note-taking journal:
“We can’t take down giants. But the thing is, God never asked us to. We aren’t the hero in the story called the Bible. Jesus is our giant-slayer. Fear is a crime scene. It’s already dead, but it’s still deadly. Yes, there may be giants in our lives, and you may not be able to control what happens in your life, but we can choose where to focus. And choosing to lift your eyes higher than the giant, to Someone greater, can be what causes your whole life to change. You can worship in the circumstance if you choose to see God in it. And worship is a weapon that pierces the darkness and leads us to the light. The antidote to fear isn’t courage. It’s faith. And the soundtrack to faith is worship. You have the power over the playlist in your life. And fear will fall at the sound of Jesus’ name.”
Thursday, August 3…
I had been having a pretty stressful day. I was filled with anxiety, worry, and insecurity. I kept trying to ward these feelings off by praying and listening to worship music, but nothing seemed to be piercing the veil of darkness I kept feeling around me.
After work, I decided to go to Ross to look for summer dresses. I can safely say that I’ve driven to this Ross at least a dozen times, but for some reason, I took a wrong turn.
“Great,” I thought to myself as I turned a corner in the parking lot, trying to find an exit back onto the main street.
To my left, I saw a building with the words “Life Way” on it. A Christian bookstore.
“I’ve never seen that place,” I said aloud.
Completely befuddled that something like a Christian bookstore had escaped my notice in the past times I’ve driven down the street directly in front of it, I decided I was in no hurry to get to anywhere and took the parking spot in front of its entrance.
Upon entering the store, I was greeted by a woman named Gwen who asked if she could help me find anything.
“Not particularly, no,” I replied slowly, then blurted out, “Bible studies? Devotionals maybe?”
“Right this way,” she said, and led me past four or five aisles until we came to one she waved me into.
“Thank you so much!” I said.
She laughed softly at my enthusiasm. “Let me know if there’s anything I can help you look for,” she said before walking away.
I stood at the end of the aisle, looking at the shelves to the right and left of me. I didn’t know what I was looking for. I didn’t know which author’s name to search for. I didn’t even know why I had thought of Bible studies and devotionals.
“Okay, God, for some reason, You had me make that wrong turn and led me to this place that I didn’t even know existed in this neighborhood. You want me here. Now show me what You want me to find.”
Immediately, I got this overwhelming sense of peace and felt God’s presence so strongly that tears came to my eyes. He was here with me. In this aisle, in this bookstore, in this city.
I gently brushed the books in the top left shelf and mouthed the titles and author’s names. I saw a few I knew but none of them really stood out to me. I was waiting for confirmation. I didn’t hear Him say “This is the one!”
I saw a thin little book tucked away in the others and pulled it out to take a closer look, but when I did, my fingers fumbled and I dropped it. Reaching down to pick it up off the floor, my eyes went to the bottom shelf that I was now level with.
“Goliath Must Fall”. The words were big and bold in front of my face. The book by Lou Giglio was displayed prominently, not like most books on a shelf where you just read the title on the thin edge of the cover. No, this book was facing out, so I could read the whole front of it.
Now the tears really started coming as I reached for this book. I turned it over and started reading the back cover. Words like “fear”, “rejection”, “addiction”, and “anger” kept jumping out at me, but one line at the bottom said this – “…fix your eyes on the size of your God, not the size of your giant.”
And I heard God say “This is the one! This is the reason I led you to this bookstore. This is the reason you needed to come here. I wanted to give this book to you.”
The price sticker said $16.99. When I got to the counter, the lady at the register said that for some reason it was on sale for $11.
Okay, God, I see You.
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