Sunday, January 30, 2011

Slaying Giants and Slinging Stones

I was going to post about slaying giants tonight, but I got a little side-tracked.  See, my Mammaw is having knee surgery this week.  Even though physically her knee is the body part in need of fixing, spiritually her heart needs the Lord.  

When Robb and I moved from Dallas to Huntsville in 2003, we lived in my Mammaw's backyard.  I had always heard that my mammaw was saved at a revival in her early 60's.  It turns out, that was not the truth.  It's really hard for me to understand the depth of her unbelief. 
 I got saved when I was six years old.  So, the reality of God's love through the death and resurrection of Jesus has been a fixture in my heart and mind for a very long time.  As near as yesterday, my mammaw said that she does not believe in Heaven. She does not believe that Jesus is the Son of God.  But, she does believe there is a 'god.'  
She told my aunt that she has never felt this way before but she feels like she won't live through her surgery.  
I am really concerned.  I don't know that kind of hopelessness.  No matter how hard life can be, I have had Jesus as my hope - at the center of it- from nearly my first awareness that I had a decision to make.  The closest I ever came to that kind of hopelessness was when I blogged about my experience with depression in 2002.  Yet even in that dark time, I knew that Jesus held the keys to my freedom.  Even in such a lonely place, I understood-because Christ had saved me- that my grief was only temporary. 
 I knew that God could fix it, that he could fix me.  
Even though I don't understand her heart completely; God does.  He is still in the business of saving people (which we were reminded of at church tonight).  He made the entire universe.  Are His hands so short that they cannot save?  They are not.

Will you join me in prayer tonight?  I would like to pray for you too.  If you would like prayer please leave a comment below.  Maybe tonight is more about slaying giants than I thought.  Unbelief is the giant. The word of God and the prayers of the saints are the stones.  Keep praying with me and we will watch this giant fall in my family and yours. Let's get to slinging!

45 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. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
 48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. 1 Samuel 17:45-48


Warren Baldwin said...

Linked here from Lynn's blog. This is a touching post. I said a little prayer for your grandmother, asking saving faith for her, and I added two members of my own family in that prayer who need saving faith as well. They have two beautiful children, but their family is falling apart b/c they can't decide who is going to be God in their family. What they need is the God and his Son. So, I understand the anxiety of your heart. Good post. Nice blog.

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Jessica Kirkland said...

Thanks Warren. I will say a prayer for your family as well. There is power in prayer - in Revelation it says that the prayers of the saints go up before God's throne as incense. I know that He is basking in the sweetness of any prayer offered in the name of His Son Jesus. Thanks for following.