Our “guest blogger” Patrick King
Sometimes, God uses us to teach our children something, and other times, He uses our children to teach us. I experienced the latter this week as my son Patrick wrote an essay for his Old Testament class. The students were supposed to write and speak to the class about something from the course that had impressed them or impacted their lives. The name of the essay was to be called, “This I Believe,” patterned after a popular radio program (Visit http://thisibelieve.org/essays/listen/classic/ ).
As Patrick shared with me his ideas for his essay, I knew the Lord was doing something powerful. I got his permission to share his “This I Believe” essay with you. May you be encouraged, as this mama was!
From our “guest blogger” Patrick King:
We all face giants in life.
In the Bible, a young man named David goes to face a giant named Goliath, who was a champion warrior for the Philistines. Archeological evidence proves that the Philistines had expanded way beyond their traditional borders during this time and were invading Israel, David’s homeland. It was a big deal that David went to fight this giant. Goliath was intimidating. He was 9 feet, 9 inches tall and had armor that weighed 125 pounds. Even David’s king and Israel’s army were terrified of the giant.
David was just a youth; yet, the Bible tells us, “David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.” He used a smooth stone and a quick flick of his sling to knock down the giant, after which he cut off his head.
When giants come along in life, we have to decide if we are going to face them or choose to run away from them.
I have had to face my own giant for 21 years. The name of my giant is autism. I was diagnosed with this developmental disorder when I was 5 years old. This giant taunts me like Goliath taunted David. It tells me I can’t do things, that I am not able. It interferes with my sensory processing and my fine motor skills. It confuses the way I interpret social interactions. Through a variety of specialists, this autism giant told my family I was mentally retarded, autistic, and might never speak.
Like David, my parents and I decided to face this giant head on and not retreat in fear. I went to years of therapies to get help, and I refused to give up. I learned to communicate through pictures for a long time, and I eventually learned to talk. I worked hard in school and got academic scholarships to college. I became a swimming champion in high school and got an athletic scholarship to college. I have become both a speaker and a singer. I go around and speak publicly, encouraging others to overcome their challenges. I wrote a book with my mom called “Optimism for Autism,” which is an Amazon bestseller.
David and I both had the same reason for victory. We chose to face our giants knowing God was with us. David said to Goliath “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands . . . that all of the Earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”
I believe the giants we face in life give us the greatest opportunity for personal growth and victory. The giants give us the chance to overcome our fears and experience the power and grace of God. Giants allow us to see what God can do in the midst of our challenges.
Question: How is the Lord helping you as you face the giants in your life? Comment at the link below.
Susan Jane King