Tapes, faith, and Jonathan


“…Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” 1 Samuel 14:6b

For several years, I worked as a transcriptionist for a mental health agency. I started out in data entry, then the transcriptionist had surgery, so I filled in, then she quit, so I was able to take the position. Perfect! Sometimes I was even able to do my work at home. During the summer, I could stop by the office, pick up the tapes and type them from the comfort of my home in my PJs, not needing a babysitter.

One problem. I didn’t keep up. I would drive to the office to pick up the tapes, sometimes 10 at a time. I might do two of them, then need to pick up more. The stack grew. This resulted in a very large envelope stuffed with untyped transcription tapes and a whole lot of stress. When I finished my journalism degree and was about to begin my internship at the paper, I quit the transcriptionist position and I turned in this giant envelope, with something like 40 untyped tapes, to my boss. She lovingly said something like…”I’m going to kill you…Good luck at the paper.”

I knew how to do the job, but it was too big for me, and maybe for any one person.

I’m so glad God isn’t like that. It’s comforting to know there is no job too big for Him.

In I Samuel chapter 14, Jonathan points this out as well.

Jonathan and Saul were taking on the Philistines with just 600 men, and the only weapons were what Jonathan and Saul had with them. Jonathan and his armor bearer took off for a bit to get a closer look at them, and Jonathan told his armor bearer to go with him to face the Philistines. He said, “Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”

Jonathan was pretty wise. Not only did he know that the battle is God’s, which is something the Israelites had a recent habit of forgetting, he also knew that no battle was too big for God to win, and that He could use even just a couple of guys to do it.

On a side note, if ever there is a guy in the Bible to have a crush on, for me it’s Jonathan. I’m sure that sounds weird. But if there were a Jonathan poster, I would have it hanging on my wall right next to Taylor Lautner. There’s just something about his devotion to God, his humility, his loyalty to his friend, and his selflessness that really gets me all starry-eyed, like Marsha Brady at the mention of Davy Jones. But I digress.

That day, God caused somewhere around 20 Philistines to fall over when Jonathan came by, and his sidekick finished them off.

Jonathan knew no job was too big for God. That’s the kind of faith it takes. I wish I could always say the same about my own faith in God. I guess know it in my head, but sometimes my heart feels less sure.

God doesn’t guarantee He will fix things our way; however, He will do it the best way. Our job is just to trust Him and look to Him for our rescue.

If there is something in your life that seems too big, know that it isn’t. Like Jonathan, take a peek at your Philistines, and instead of seeing them, see how much bigger your God is than your situation.


About Jen Chapman

She is a wife to Shawn for 22 years and counting, and a mom to Noah, and together they live out their story in their tiny town of Barboursville, WV. She is a freelance writer and a blogger at girlmeetsgrace.com. Flowers, bookstores, and people are what make her smile. She has seen God’s grace redeem her big-time and wants everyone to know it and experience it for themselves. She wants more than anything to give praise and honor to Jesus, and point people to Him.

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