Hats off to Madeline

Nearly everyone thinks of the little French girl when they hear the name Madeline. I bet you even started singing the theme song. It goes, "I'm Madeline, I'm Madeline, I may be very small. I'm Madeline, I'm Madeline, but inside, I'm tall!" As kids we read books about her and watched the TV shows with awe because the tiniest girl of them all, was always on an adventure, often times in trouble, facing her fears head on. She might have been disobedient at times, but little Madeline was a different character than we were used to. She was fearless, brave, and smart in a sea of Disney princesses that taught us the primary goal was to find a man and simply wait to be rescued, and they were always believing in obviously sinister characters, which got really old. 

When I think of brave characters in the Bible, I immediately think of the story of David and Goliath. He was just a shepherd boy with stones and sling. David leaves his flock as requested from his father to take food to his brothers in Saul's army and check on their well-being. When he hears that Goliath has challenged one man to fight for Israel's freedom from slavery he is confused as to why the soldiers are fearful. He asked, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?" (1 Samuel 17:26). His first thought is, how can we be fearful when we have God on our side?? We are his chosen people! His brother is furious to hear him speak "arrogantly" and when Saul hears of David, he sends for him. He begins to explain to Saul that he has killed a lion and bear while protecting his sheep and to him, Goliath is another beast he can overcome. He doesn't boast in his own ability for ego's sake, but by the Lord's strength he has full confidence. "The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine" (v.37).

David is a true example of a faithful servant of the Lord. In the face of death (numerous times) he trusted in God rescuing him and boldly professed the might of God! David wouldn't even put on Saul's armor. If you don't know how the story ends, David approaches the battle line and hurls a stone that happens to kill the giant, Goliath, in one fell swoop. 

No big deal. 

Most of you probably know this story but try to think of the Goliath in your life currently. Do you trust God like David did? Are you facing your fears with confidence and bravery or running away like Saul's army only prolonging the battle? 

I don't know about you, but I want to live like David and like Madeline, embracing the adventures of life without fear because I know my God is always by my side. Here are some additional verses about God's might and strength: 

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 
-Psalm 21:7

But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble. 
-Psalm 37:39

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 
-2 Corinthians 4:16

Photography by Justin James

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