I Was Goliath

My 11 year daughter likes to write out her prayers.

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Here is her prayer after reading David and Goliath.

“Last Sunday our family read from the David and Goliath story. I felt like I was Goliath being defeated by something much smaller than me but, then I realized I could be in David’s spot! I just had to believe that you were right with me the whole time! And I ended up defeating the giant in my way just by having you and having confidence in myself! Now I know to act like David and believe in myself and in you and I will be rewarded.”

Her take on the story made me smile.

“I felt like I was Goliath being defeated by something much smaller than me…”

Have you ever read the story that way before? Can’t say I have.

Her perspective is so unique and her interpretation so innocent.

She identified herself with Goliath, this 14 ft giant doomed that day by a small boy and a sling shot.

She too had been feeling doomed. And she, like Goliath, had been acting rather nonchalantly about it. She was being threatened by some ‘little’ things. Pint-sized fears and miniature anxieties were all too dominant in her thought life. In a way, they were subtly incapacitating her. She didn’t like the affect these fears were having on her. She was beginning to recognize their hidden power.

Ana realized she had a choice. Stay doomed like Goliath or switch characters.

How about that? Who thought playing both characters would be so compelling. And though I’m sure this story is mostly about conquering giants, I had no idea it could illustrate to a little girl she had been acting like one.

Have you realized the great threat very little fears can cause?

If you haven’t there may be a stone coming your way. You better switch characters quick.

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