How to Eat an Elephant

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As I write this, I am standing in prayer with a loved one who is facing a meeting that has the potential to determine the direction of his life. I am reminded of the question, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is “One bite at a time.” With each bite we have taken in this situation, we have seen God’s faithfulness and we are leaning hard into God to prepare a way where there seems to be no way. In my mind the elephant is way too big, but I know that God is bigger still and I am trusting Him.

What looms large over you today? We don’t find elephants in Scripture but we do find giants.  David faced them with just a few stones, but he is backed up by a mighty God. I feel like my prayers are just small stones. At times I wonder if they are having any effect. Other times, I see them take a chunk out of that giant and trust I will see that giant fall. God is at work. He takes my feeble attempts at slaying giants and backs them up with His mighty hand.

I Samuel 17:37 says And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” Haven’t we faced giants before? Haven’t we seen God’s deliverance? David did and so shall we. You and I need to know giants have fallen and they will again. The one facing you today will fall in God’s timing and for His purposes. You and I need to keep throwing stones!!

David told Saul about God’s faithfulness in the past. Saul replied, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” My encouragement to you is the same. Go, and the Lord be with you! Carry on Christian soldier and watch those giants fall!


Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.



One thought on “How to Eat an Elephant

  1. Laurel Van Sandt says:

    Hearing your heart – praying. These few paragraphs are a powerful reminder of the greatness of our Lord.
    Thank you –

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