My yard is a disaster!  Colorful, blooming flowers are gone.  Tall ornamental grasses are now short, green spikes leaving only a hint of the beauty that once adorned my backyard.  So many summer afternoons my family played baseball there, but now a huge digger truck sits in the middle of small mountains of dirt.

I think sometimes we all feel on the inside what my backyard looks like right now.  We enjoyed the happy times of yesterday and we’re not sure what is going on today.

One of the benefits of being in children’s ministry is that I get to study lessons throughout the week before teaching the kids.  This week I got to share the true story of David and Goliath.  During the time that I was preparing I happened to speak with many people who were walking through difficult times.  Some were going through things that no one should ever have to endure.  As I read about David I noticed something.

David was taking care of his dad’s sheep when his dad sent him to the battlefield to check on his brothers.  When he arrived he found giant Goliath taunting the Israelite army and making fun of their God.  David could have run and hid along with everyone else, but he didn’t.  He remembered how God had helped him in the past, even killing a lion and a bear.  David knew that God would help him win the victory over Goliath.  And he ran right toward Goliath.  You know the rest of the story.  David remembered that God is always good and he counted on God for courage.  A good lesson for all of us.

God didn’t put Goliath in the valley that day and David didn’t cause that trouble, but David knew God would help him deal with it.  Later David wrote Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee,” (NASB).  This battle that David fought against Goliath helped to prepare him and the Israelites for later becoming the king of Israel and it brought glory to God.

As we walk through difficult times, we can count on God to be with us and help us, just like David did.  God can even use those times to prepare us for something. He is never caught by surprise and He has good plans for us.

So my yard is a disaster area right now, but soon it will be beautiful again.  Just different.  It will never be the same.  It is currently being prepared for a pool where someday we will swim, splash and play.  New memories will be made, but we will never forget those days we played baseball right in that spot with frisbee bases and plastic balls.  Yes, those were good times.  But better days are ahead.  Eventually the digger truck will leave.  The grass will be replaced, cement will be poured and new flowers will be planted.  And this awful mess will be a distant memory.  And we will swim.