This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! (Numbers 13:27-28)
Relate: The view is beautiful but the climb is tough. There are forty-six mountaintops in New York’s Adirondacks that together are classified as the high peaks. Those who set about climbing some, or all, of those heights are said to be “peak bagging”. I haven’t gotten anywhere near all of them and probably never will but I have “bagged” a few of those peaks. The thing is, none of them can said to be easy and sometimes the attempt for some of them can be downright fatal. The view is beautiful but the climb is tough.
Few things worth doing come easy. Have you ever run a marathon? Have you ever scaled a cliff?What about bungee jumping or skydiving? Do you remember the first time as a kid you jumped from the highdive? My mind is running to the adrenaline junkie activities, but it fits for other things as well. Did you ever pursue a romantic relationship with someone everyone thought was out of your league? Have you ever applied for a job beyond your experience and qualifications? What were your thoughts about raising a child the first time you held your newborn in your arms? Few things worth doing come easy.
React: But it’s haaaaard. Scott Pilgrim was right and it all too often is so much easier to sit on the couch watching TV. Slaying giants is scary. Taking on the impossible is daunting. Maybe tomorrow I will enter the land. Today… those fortified cities just look a little too strong.
Forgive me for my skewed perspective. The task set before me, the land promised to me is beautiful and fruitful and good. But it’s hard. There are giants in the land. Help me to take my eyes off those giants and on to You. If You go before me, there is nothing to fear. If You have called me I know I cannot fail. Help me to see You for who You really are so that I might recognize those “giants” for the grasshoppers they really are.