But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak…” – Numbers 13:28
This was the report that the 12 Israelite spies brought back after they explored the Promised Land—a land of milk and honey and … giants. Since moving to Indonesia six months ago, I have encountered some giants of my own in this new land. My giants’ names are Driving, Shopping, Cooking, and Language Learning. Things I did with ease in America have suddenly become what I struggle with the most.
Numbers 14:9 continues on with the story as two of the spies say this about the giants: “…and do not be afraid of the people of the land… the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
This encourages me as one by one I fight my giants.
BAM! One giant down. I’ve learned how to drive a scooter, though this mom misses buckling her kids safely into the back seat. Now they put on a helmet and hang on tight!
POW! Now that I can drive, I am able to get around to the different shops! (Not sure if my husband Chris likes this part, since I don’t stick to the list.)
WHAMO! Better shopping makes for easier cooking. I am able to find most ingredients and enjoy having a neighbor come over so we can swap recipes. She loves trying Mexican meals, and I am learning some Indonesian dishes.
Some of my giants have been slayed, but the giant named Language Learning keeps lifting his ugly head to shout discouraging things at me. Sometimes I still listen, but more often now I look back and see how far God has brought me.
I continue to study each day, so I can build relationships and share about Jesus. Learning a new language keeps me weak, dependent, and in fertile soil for growing. When I am weak He is strong.
So, what giants are you fighting? Remember, “…the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
So thankful our God helps us slay giants! You are brave in your giant slaying and that makes Good smile 🙂 Keep it up!