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January 1, 2010 / dcwisdom

Ed "Too Tall" Jones and Perspective

Do you remember Ed “Too Tall” Jones?  He played football for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970’s, a huge seven foot defensive end who weighed well over 300 pounds.

Can you imagine lining up against him, a giant of a man, and getting mentally prepared to be smushed like a bug?

34 is watching a football game, and a commercial came on with Jones in his sock feet and a hospital gown standing on a doctor’s office scale.  A little nurse was attempting to measure him with the metal stick, but the stick wasn’t long enough.  Next to the little nurse, Jones’ profile was enormous.

Changing gears here, today I spoke in length with a friend who is facing what looks like some monstrous issues.  To consider her problems in the flesh, they look positively overwhelming and insurmountable.  Many people in her situation crumble; many couples cannot hold a marriage together through this type of circumstance.  Friends dessert.   People are aghast. I’m telling you, this is a situation NOBODY ever wants to face.  It’s like being lined up against “Too Tall” and waiting for his crushing blow.

But, God.  The Great I AM.  His promises are “Yes, and Amen.”  He is above and beyond the giants and the monsters.  He is around and under his daughters and sons.  He is Just and Faithful.  His Sovereignty and Righteousness reign forever. 

Our perspective must include the spiritual, not just what we see with our physical eyes.  We may not see justice and truth take precedence or become the final ruling.  Therefore, our faith must have spiritual vision beyond what we can imagine or think to carry us through and beyond the “Too Talls.”

It’s comforting to know that God has the final word, that His Grace and Mercy cover those besetting things in life, that the battle is His, and, in the end, the victory is ours. 

Amen and Amen.

God bless you in 2010.

P.S.  Calling prayer warriors to fervently pray for Cindy.