Giants the Size of Cords

The other day Asher and I were dusting and vacuuming the house. About halfway through, we stopped for lunch and to feed Becs. While we breaked I left the vacuum cord laying across the hallway. It stayed there for about an hour. A few times I walked in one of the bedrooms and saw LC laying next to the cord. I thought “she must be relaxing on the cool wood floors.”

After about thirty minutes of her laying there I realized it was something entirely different. This was not relaxing, this was LC stopping because she was afraid of the cord. She was too afraid to step over the 1/2″ cord and walk to refreshing water in her bowl or go outside so she could relieve herself or come in the kitchen to hang out with us while we ate lunch. She would not cross the line.

I was sad for LC and freed her of the self-imposed jail. Seeing this reminded me how seemingly large and significant giants also stand in my way… and like my dog, I am too afraid to proceed. It reminds me of the Israelite spies who were sent into Canaan. Ten were too afraid to proceed while two knew God was more powerful than any obstacle put in front of them.

I hope I am more often like Caleb and Joshua who saw the promise God gave them, saw “the helpless prey” (Numbers 14:9; a.k.a. the giants), and saw their God with them… and were unafraid. Otherwise, I will just have to lie down next to LC the next time the cord is on the floor.

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! The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.”

But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”

But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!” – Numbers 13:27-33

Comments (3)

  1. In the movie Dune, they refer to fear as “the mindkiller”. It is amazing how intimidating little giants can be and destroy our resolve, mind first!
    You might want to send LC to the Dog Whisperer…he’s definitely got issues.

  2. Oh its amazing how many times I get tripped up by a cord! (ha). It is so good to have Joshuas and Calebs in my life who try to “quiet me down” and say “Let’s go at once to take the land (or conquer the cord). We can certainly conquer it.” You know those people who lift our chins up and away from the cord on the floor and back to the God of the Universe. Thanks Leo for this reminder.

  3. I always thought that Franklin D.Roosevelt got it right in 1933 when he said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…nameless, unreasoned, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed effort to convert retreat into advance. If you truly trust God, then, how can you have fear.