I’m excited to bring on my friend Katy McCown as guest blogger today. I know you’ll enjoy her fresh insight on the familiar story of David and Goliath.
David and Goliath – a true story you are likely familiar with. It tells of good versus evil, a boy facing a giant, the shepherd against the champion. It’s the ultimate underdog triumph.
My husband told me about a sermon he heard on this age-old subject. It focused on stepping out in faith with God. David certainly did that when he ran full speed ahead towards Goliath. And I began to wonder, why did David step out with such confidence?
Every time Goliath shouted his threats, trained Israelite soldiers ran away in fear. Then here comes David, fresh out of the fields, with his crazy confidence. What gives?
Back up a few verses before David slays Goliath and he explains why he’s the man for the job:
“The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (Exodus 17:37)
David’s resume boasted of the destruction of a lion and a bear. The story we always talk about traces David’s battle with Goliath, but I want to talk about the lion and the bear. Because it’s the lion and the bear that led to the giant.
David met these two beasts when they messed with his sheep. David was a shepherd, a job usually given to the youngest most inexperienced guy in the group. But David took his job seriously. God looked at this shepherd boy and saw a willing, teachable, engaged heart, Then God used the mundane daily life of a shepherd to train a warrior and ultimately, a king.
Willing: David willingly risked his life for the sheep. SHEEP. I love my dog, but I doubt I’d risk my life for her. So, I’m certainly not darting into harm’s way over a sheep. David, however, treated those sheep like I treat my kids. They were his top priority. I wonder if his cloak said, “Don’t mess with me”?
Teachable: David learned how to kill a lion and a bear. Wild guess, but I’m thinking that’s not a scenario that lends itself to learning on the fly. David knew the threats facing his sheep. He could have prayed for God to keep the beasts away, but it appears David spent his time not hoping he’d never face an attack, but preparing for when he would.
Engaged: How did David even know a lion or a bear carried off a sheep from the flock? He paid attention – no time for daydreaming or scrolling through Facebook. His eyes stayed focused on the flock. He offered his best.
About a year ago I waddled around 8 months pregnant, and our upcoming move invited a minor melt down.
It went something like: “We’re moving to New Orleans, and I don’t have a doctor to deliver the baby, and I don’t know where the hospital is, and we don’t have anyone to call if I go into labor in the middle of the night, and I’m going to have this baby in the middle of football season when you’re never home.” There was more to it, but you get the idea. I tried to pull myself together, but I inched closer and closer to falling into a complete panic. I leaned my hands on the bathroom sink begging God for help. That’s when I heard His gentle whisper, “Katy, you can do this. I’ve prepared you.”
Excuse me? I’m prepared for this?
And as if a friend laid her hand on my shoulder, God said, “Yes, you’re prepared.”
He reminded me of the time nearly a decade ago when Luke and I moved from Ohio to Florida – 6 weeks before I delivered our first child. He reminded me of the time 3 years ago when I delivered our daughter in the middle of a football season. As I recounted God’s past faithfulness, my fears for the future calmed.
I’ve done this before. I can do it again. Who knew?
We all want the giant. We dream of the day we sling that stone and watch what seemed like an insurmountable foe fall at our feet. Victory! But we’re so preoccupied with the end result we miss the daily preps that will ultimately be what provides the confidence and skill needed to prevail against the giant.So, here’s the challenge: Engage in today. If it’s the same, boring job or the umpteenth time you’ve wiped juice off the floor, be there. Do it with all your might. Maybe it’s a simple trip to the grocery store or a story before bedtime, but it matters. Resist the urge to let your mind wander to tomorrow or five years from now. Live today. It may matter more than you think.
I left my job as a television news reporter to join my husband, Luke, on our adventure in the National Football League. 10 years, 12 moves, 6 kids, 5 teams, and 4 states later, it’s safe to say the road has been anything but predictable. Our dreams today don’t look quite like they did ten years ago, but I’ve learned along the way dreams do come true … even if you’re not at Disney World.
To connect with Katy visit her blog at www.katymccown.com & find out 7 ways to shake up your ordinary routine!