Go be a Giant Slayer!
Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:12-18)
I Slew a Giant
I slew a Giant
First thing this morning
With eyes as big as saucers
His head was GINORMOUS
Catching a ride
Inside the house
Quiet like a church mouse
Startled I was
When he looked up at me
My initial reaction; shock
Oh how can this be
I slew a giant
My early morning task
Before first cup of coffee
I grabbed a weapon before you ask
Saying very loudly
Well HOW DARE YOU!
Yes this hideous giant
Now in my eyes view
Taking a fighting stance
He was as shocked as I but one must die
He was hiding on the feeder
Waiting on victims to drop by
Waiting in close range
Hoping to slay
My innocent tiny birds
Oh no you don’t, not today
But I slew a giant
Yes I took off his head
Now my little hummers
Have nothing to dread
What if we said
To the enemy of our soul
WELL HOW DARE YOU
I’d like to let you to KNOW
I have weapons in my arsenal
A sword and shield
The truth and shoes
Belt with instructions a faithful guild
Coming together in the unity of the faith
In the Name of Jesus our Lord
We can slay our giants
With a double edged sword!
Copyright © laurette laster August 2019
This morning, as part of my usual routine, I started my coffee and then went out to scatter bird seed for my soon coming visitors.
When coming in the house, I grabbed one of my hummingbird feeders to give them fresh sugar water.
While washing the feeder something grabbed my attention. I caught a glimpse of this giant in my sink, just as he was turning and looking at me I saw him also. We locked eyes. I was startled, but what I did next really spoke to me.
It all happened so quickly. Looking back was the afterthought that sparked the poem. Using eleven stanzas I describe what happened in a mere two or three seconds.
As we locked eyes I said loudly, How Dare You! How Dare You! I then grabbed a plastic glass and began to crush him.
A praying mantises head is shaped like a sledge hammer or a mallet, and yes his eyes were as big as saucers. (Remember I was the eye witness of the entire encounter).
Well at least before I was wide awake that how it seemed.
What startled me was my reaction. I very loudly said, “How dare you, How Dare You.” I was immediately outraged that he was after my hummers and now in my sink.
I now believe grabbing the feeder and bringing it inside to clean it, at the time I did, was divine timing. God knew the danger lurking about to the hummers. I believe I brought the feeder in and captured a predator, killing him and protecting my birds.
In my spirit I started hearing, “I slew a giant”. Did I slay a giant? Am I a giant slayer?
What is a giant? What determines the definition of a giant? Is it determined by size? Is it determined by a unanimous vote and agreement? Is it determined by venom or toxins?
Is it determined by color, mixture, or location, or breed?
A giant is whatever has the ability to capture, conquer, and destroy or kill our self or those we are responsible to, and responsible for.
I was not afraid that the mantis would kill me. He is not my giant, but he is a giant and a very real predator to my hummingbirds.
Mantis closest relatives are cockroaches and the termite.
How fitting, cockroaches often are attracted to filth but can live by eating the glue from cardboard boxes.
We all know termites eat wood, destroying structures, thus weakening our support system and covering. Termites come from underneath, the places we can’t see in to. But we have wisdom and the counsel of others (guild) to help us prepare and give us instructions on how to protect our dwellings. We have our bibles and the incorruptible seed of God, as believers.
Isn’t this interesting? I found this quite didactic. What a lesson this morning, I just had to share it with you my fellow giant slayers.
Pay attention to what The Lord is speaking to you. He speaks to each of us using very practical situations.
Go slay your giants and someone else’s also. As leaders and shepherds we are responsible for those God has put in our care.
For we know the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty in God pulling down strongholds.
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV)
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV)
God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift His countenance upon you and give Shalom.
Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette