“Then David took his shepherd’s staff, selected five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s pack, and with his sling in his hand approached Goliath.” 1 Samuel 17:40
We get slangs from incidents, such as in the scripture above, such as “Let sleeping giants lie,” and one more familiar, “Don’t wake up a sleeping dog.” Neither giants nor dogs present danger while sleeping, nor do they cause problems for anyone around them.
What are the “sleeping dogs or giants” in your life? Right now, my sleeping giant is the discomfort I feel when I think about going home alone to Arizona in October. Two weeks after Glen died, Susan and I headed toward Indiana to make the five-month trip Glen and I had planned to visit family and friends. The trip is going well, and I am enjoying the extended time with my daughter, Susan, and look forward to time with my daughter, Karen, and her family. But, I will have to go home–to a quiet house to face a closet and dresser with Glen’s clothes, his tools and golf clubs, etc. I can’t let the “sleeping giant” lie forever.
When I return home, I’ll take on the “giant” like David did, who picked up his shepherd’s staff, and tackled the giant everyone else feared. With my Shepherd, I’ll have the ammunition I need, too, when I return home.
Dear Lord, help prepare me for days when I’d rather let sleeping dogs lie. Amen.