“When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.’” Judges‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭NIV

When we first meet Gideon a couple of verses earlier he looks nothing like a mighty warrior. In fact he’s hiding from the enemy just doing what he needed to survive. He didn’t believe God was with him, he thought he was the least in his family and from the weakest tribe, comfortable just blaming everyone else for his situation, not feeling responsible or capable of changing anything!! But that is not how God saw Him! Just because you see yourself a certain way does not mean that you know yourself best!! In the same way that God took Gideon through a process of stretching to build his faith and trust to become that mighty warrior, so God wants to do the same with me and you! Lord, help me to see that the stretch is a fruitful place of discovering and becoming who I need to be. Build that same courage and resilience within me as I choose to move into the stretch zone. Amen 🙏🏼