Thursday, 11 April 2013

Only a boy called David

Only a boy called David

If you are of the generation who went to Sunday School you may have sung the chorus:
“Only a boy called David, only a babbling brook
only a boy called David, but five little stones he took.
One little stone went in the sling and the sling went round and round,
Round and round and round and round and round and round and round
 [this involved much arm waving, and if your neighbour got poked in the eye that just added to the fun!]
One little stone went up, up, up
And the Giant came tumbling down”

We've had one of those ‘ David and Goliath’ situations in our family recently. Having been brought up in Kenya, our grandson Cameron came back to England for ‘A’levels  two years ago and hopes to go to ‘uni’ this autumn. But university is expensive and his missionary parents don’t get a salary. So he desperately wanted a holiday job this summer. 40 CV’s distributed and numerous phone calls made and still a job seemed as far away as ever. He was willing to do ANYTHING, from working in Next, to grave digging!  I felt so burdened for him and prayed earnest ‘grandmotherly’ prayers for something … anything … that would lift the anxiety from his shoulders.

One morning the whisper came as I prayed. ‘What about Richard?’ Richard is a builder and did the conversion on our house four years ago. He is also a Christian.  He has a big job on this summer – a massive revamping of the inside of our church. Labourers are needed. Yesterday Cameron spent the day shifting bricks for Richard’s current project. He’s got the job! And not just any job.When his exams are over, he’ll be working with a team that shares his faith, and he’ll be helping to rebuild the church! And we will have the pleasure of his company for a couple of months – a rare and precious bonus for grandparents who have had to love this particular family of grandchildren from afar!

Another old chorus came to mind:

I will build my church
And the gates of hell
Shall not prevail against it.

All of us have to face our own 'Goliath of Gath' at times. But the words of David still ring true against the threats of Satan.  ' You come to me with sword,spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of heaven's Armies. 1 Samuel 17:45

He will build His church - we just have to go to him for the right ammunition.

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