Standing under the great Mastodon skeleton I just can't imagine living along side these giant mammals let alone the even bigger Mammoths. The sheer size of their legs is amazing. And yet it was not that long ago that we (as humans) walked the earth with these mighty animals. Humans are pretty remarkable. I often truly feel wonder at the fleets we have taken and the strides we continue to take. We have done some pretty amazing things. (I am not going to talk about how we were also responsible for the complete wipe out of the beautiful creatures mentioned above or how God called us to protect the animals, that is for a different time).
If we let our size or a few set backs get in our way, human would not have advanced to where we are. Instead through perseverance we continue to move forward. I am struck by the story of David and Goliath. Here a giant, Goliath, had immobilized humans and defeated armies and yet David was willing to not only stand up but defeat the giant.
Too often we as humans fail to see the hope when we are facing giant obstacles. Although humans have made great advances, it has not taken many to do so. Often we run and hide instead of stand and fight. Often we fail to remember that with God on our side - hope defeats.
David knew that God was on his side. When we invite God to be presence during our struggles, amazing things happen - we can indeed defeat them. We can indeed with joy in our hearts find hope.
Even when life feels like you are standing under a Mastodon, overwhelmed with what is coming at you and fearful that you cannot figure it out - take a breath, invite God in and find the hope that can defeat the negative and shine through.