I watched the movie, Facing The Giants, on TV the other night. I had never seen it before, so I was really spell-bound, wondering just how it was going to end. I like good endings, don’t you?
To have a good ending, it takes a lot of creativity, patience, and intestinal fortitude to make it happen. It is easier to run the other way, but then you would never know if you could have defeated it. Standing up and facing it is half the battle. It is amazing how we are able to pull ourselves together and resourcefully make things happen.
It took me back to when I faced my giant (which was one of many in my life).
“Karen, we can’t find the problem. All of the tests came back “within normal limits.” I’m sorry we don’t have better news.” Dr. Sullivan, the orthopedist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, gave me the grim report.
“Doctor, this can’t be happening to me. So how am I supposed to live and raise two kids? And am I going to get worse?” my voice was cracking.
“I don’t know what your prognosis will be, but we will put you in a body cast which will give you support to your spine and muscles. It may help you stand and walk a little better. When the cast no longer gives you support, then you will have to resort to being in a wheelchair.”
“Oh, this is just great. Thanks a lot.” I said disgustingly. “What in the world am I going to do?”
I was facing a giant as a single parent at the age of 38, with no idea of its enormity.
My parents encouraged me to sell my California home and move in with them. They thought that would be best for the children and me. But after much thought, I made the decision not move in with them in Indiana. I insisted our home was in California and that was where we belonged. Just how we would make it with me in a body cast raising a 9 year old girl and a 12 year old boy was the giant! And besides I could end up wheelchair bound!
Dad borrowed a van for them to transport us home. He made a bed for me to lie on in the back, as the cast made it impossible for me to sit on the seat. We traveled the 2,300 miles across the states on I-80, which gave me a lot of time to think how we were going to successfully make it. Being a semi-invalid sporting a humongous body cast was a challenge in itself, let alone being a single parent. My mind constantly vacillated: “Am I making a mistake not living with Mom and Dad?” “No, we can make it. It won’t be easy, but we will make it.”
When we arrived home in California, I had a game plan for the three of us and immediately put it into action. It required a lot of teamwork and sacrifice, but—–Yes, there was a good ending!
Facing the giant requires making some serious choices, sticking with them and putting your faith in God.. The ending will be good; however, it may not be exactly the ending you want, but it will be good. “All things work together for good…” Romans 8:28
Blessings to you as you face your giant, whatever it may be.
One of the best ways I’ve found to help self esteem is with success, and the easiest success to get without putting yourself at risk is to do gardening, so I’ve included a few gardening resources below: