You know how it is when you have everything mapped out, and you’ve made all your plans and your future’s right there like a tidy shed. Everything where you want it. And then the world falls off its axis. And everything is upended. And you’re scared, so you keep busy so you can’t think too much. Keeping out of the way, hoping trouble won’t find you. Your heart thumping, your pulse racing, too much sweat on your palms. Hiding and wishing it all away. Hoping it might just all evaporate. You know how that is don’t you? Of course you do, we’ve all been there. As it happens my keeping myself busy was what changed things. I was trying to do a little something to ease the situation. Make things better. I was trying to make a bit to help out. In secret of course, just quietly getting on with it. Because you know how it is when you see the size of the problem and want to do something but just feel that what you can offer is barely worth anything. And yet you do what you can anyway. Not sure that anything will come of it, but… it’s what you have to offer. And that’s when I bumped into an angel. Who seemed to think I was capable of more than I knew. Able to make a difference in a way I hadn’t imagined. Not on my own you understand, but with help from the Almighty. And you know how it is when someone says you don’t have to be afraid, and yet that makes you afraid because you think, why would you say that? Anyway, so I’m standing here now, hiding in my hole in the ground. Wondering if I have it in me to make that difference. You know how it is when you feel small and powerless in a life of mountains and towers and giants? Turns out we’re right and wrong. We are small, fragile, vulnerable. But with God’s help we’re more than that. In his eyes it seems the small are great. The weak have a different strength.
One day the angel of God came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, whose son Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, out of sight of the Midianites. The angel of God appeared to him and said, “ God is with you, O mighty warrior!”
Judges 6:11-12 (The Message)