Facing the little thing

Last night I discovered that we yet again have lice. This has not been a good year for lice in our family. It comes, we battle it, win and then it comes back. Checking her friends this morning before school I found that it has been shared amongst friends.

This year instead of praying a scripture over my daughter each day before school I have decided to pray a bible story. Or at least the theme of my prayers echos the theme of the story. We decided on the story of David and Goliath so I have been praying about the giants in my daughter’s life and talking about how David believed he could defeat Goliath because he believed God would fight for him. “this battle is the Lord’s”. One of my favorite lines of the bible.

So this morning I am laying in bed and I find myself pinned to the bed unable to get up and start my day because I am overcome with having to once again battle lice. And I start thinking about the fact that I am pinned to the bed by a teeny, tiny lice bug. It is defeating me. I imagine that if it was a large bug pinning me down I could deal with it so much better. I would muster strength and adrenaline, push it off my body, punch it between the eyes, grab my sword and cut off its head like David did. I would really, really like to chop the head off a giant lice. Really.

And it got me thinking how sometimes the giants of our life feel easier to deal with than the little things. At least with a giant there is a clear-cut problem. He is going to kill us, we need to kill him first. Pray, trust, grab a few stones and finish off the obstacle.

The tiny problems of life are the ones that often take me down for the count. Making dinner. Keeping up with laundry. Helping with homework. Lice. All the little things piled on top of each other, all the home responsibilities added to all the work responsibilities. Any little deviation of my daily routine is a giant, overwhelming problem.

In the story of David and Goliath we saw all of Israel shaking in fear of Goliath. Who could fight him and win? David was certainly not the tallest, or strongest or most experienced on the battle field. There was no reason for Saul to entrust this task to David. But David was the only one that came forward willing to even try. Why did he come forward? Not because he thought he was bigger, stronger or more experienced than the other soldiers but because he KNEW that GOD was bigger, stronger and more experienced than anyone else and he KNEW that GOD was on his side.

And that is true for us as well in both big and small obstacles. God is bigger and stronger and more experienced at dealing with…everything. Lice, laundry, lost files, difficult clients, schedule changes. We just need to believe that and trust God and go to battle.

David’s battle cry was: “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

So this weekend as I line up all the kids in my condo to treat, nit pick and comb them I will declare: “you come against me with tiny nits and fast feet and poison resistance, but I come against you in the name of the Lord almighty, the God of the Hardacker family, whom you have defied. This weekend the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your very tiny head (oh yes I will). This very day I will give the carcasses of the lice army to the rats in the sewer and the landfills, and my whole house will know that there is a God in Minnesota and Windwood Condos. And all those reading this will know that it is not by sword or spear or combs or lice treatments or vacuums or washing machines that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all the lice into our hands.”

I will be picking up the pebbles at lunch today. Prayers appreciated.