I was watching again last night the movie, “Facing The Giants.” If you have not seen it, I recommend that you do and do so with your whole family. It is a movie about a football coach that is going through many traumatic things in his life, including a losing football team, and he wonders where God is at through all his trials. I won’t spoil anything for you but suffice it to say, he “Let’s Go and Let’s God” and as they say, the rest is history.
Pay close attention as you watch the movie as there are so many inspirational moments and words of wisdom. One that caught my attention was during a scene shortly after others wanted the coach to be fired and he was feeling very distraught. A gentleman came to his office and told him he needed to stay because God had a plan for him but he needed to be open to what was coming. He summed it up with this parable, if you will, when he was leaving.
“Grant, I heard a story about two farmers who desperately needed rain. And both of them prayed for rain, but only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain? The one who prepared his fields for it. Which one are you? God will send the rain when he’s ready. You need to prepare your field to receive it.”
As I heard this story over again, I could not help but think of the time when I lost my job and I was mad at the world, and at God. I had never experienced anything like this before and I certainly didn’t deserve it. I was very angry and wanted to know where God was in all of this. I was not an easy person to live with during those 4 months I was out of work. I wanted something and I wanted it NOW! At the time, what I did not realize was that it was not my will but His be done and in His time.
Luckily, I found another job but then, 5 years later, I lost my job again but this time it was different. Like the farmer in the story, I prepared my field (my heart, my mind, my soul) and was accepting of the fact that I was out of work and that it was okay. This time around, I placed everything in His hands and allowed Him to work His grace through me. It was such a much more pleasurable experience for both myself and my family. I landed on my feet once again and thank God every day for giving me the gifts of comfort, peace, and patience in my life. As a matter of fact, when I pray each morning, that is what I ask God for when praying for others who have lost their jobs or are looking for new opportunities.
“I know your works (behold, I have left an open door before you, which no one can close). You have limited strength, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” – Revelation 3:8
We must first believe in our Lord and all that He has to offer to us. We must then give ourselves up to His will and allow His Holy Spirit to work within us so that we may go out and proclaim His Good News everywhere that we go. We must realize that we are not in control, He is. We must not allow our own desires, our own wants, our own greed, to overshadow His divine plan for us. We must “Let Go and Let God.”
I will leave you today with another line from the movie that I believe sums up everything this movie is about; “Your actions will always follow your beliefs.”
So, what is it that you believe?
Enjoy this song by Sanctus Real. It is a great reminder why we can Face the Giants in our own lives.
Peace and Blessings.