Thursday, January 3, 2013

Five Smooth Stones

Inside my kitchen cabinet is an index card:  my toolkit.  When my depression gets so heavy that I don't know where to turn, I can go to my toolkit.  It's not full of spiritual reminders, but strictly practical items.

'hand full of rocks' photo (c) 2009, Mad House Photography - license: example, the card has resources like the phone numbers of my three closest friends, who can offer a better perspective than I have at the time.  It may seem silly to spell this out, but in that moment of being crushed by depression, I cannot remember what to do to lift the weight.

The card also has resources for times when I can't reach my friends.  One of those is "Go to the church."  Someone is always there, and I can usually find an opportunity to serve.  That's almost a sure-fire way to fight depression--or to let Satan know that he can hit me with depression but I'm still going to serve the Lord.

When David faced the giant, Goliath, he chose five smooth stones to take into battle.  Max Lucado has assigned names to the five stones, so we can remember what we have in our spiritual toolkit.  The five stones represent Past, Prayer, Priority, Passion, and Persistence.

Some are more clear than others, so this is what he means (my paraphrase):
  1. Past:  What has God done, in your life or in others?  I like what Lucado says:  "Write today's worries in sand. Chisel yesterday's victories in stone."
  2. Prayer:  We are free to, and encouraged to, ask God for help!
  3. Priority:  David saw the battle with Goliath as an opportunity for God to be glorified.  I don't always view my battles that way, so this is a good reminder for me.
  4. Passion:  Because David knew that God was on his side, he ran into battle with confidence.  Do you?
  5. Persistence:  David took five stones, in case the first one didn't take out Goliath, or in case Goliath had relatives seeking revenge.  For us, one prayer, one apology, one attempt might not be enough.  We need to be prepared to keep fighting.
I think this was a highlight of David's life, and even he didn't always remember these principles.  I don't, either.  I'd say I'm best at prayer and persistence.  I'm weakest at passion; I try, but I haven't reached a point of being able to say, "Okay, Satan.  Bring it!"

What about you?  What are your giants and how do you face them?


  1. Different people will have different smooth stones that fit their arsenal the best - David only threw one.

  2. I love the response of this first commenter. YES...david only had to throw ONE! WHOO HOO!!!

    For "giant" is my survival of childhood sexual abuse by a youth leader. Long story. BUT....I also have "stones"...2 close friends/counselors, my husband, prayer and the Word. God is good.
    I'm sorry to hear you suffer from depression but so thankful you have your "stones" and reminders......hang in there. God bless you!!

  3. Thank you for a meaningful and honest post! I appreciate the encouragement.

  4. thank you for posting this
    hope you are doing good in the new year :)


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