After the anointing of Samuel, David was sealed for service. He went back to herding sheep but God had chosen him. Even though his life returned to “normal”, there was something about that God-encounter! David was now to be a living epistle to all that would come in contact with him (2 Corinthians 3:2). God opened the way for David to go into the court of King Saul in the most natural and providential manner, as his companion and armor bearer, to cheer the king up by playing music on his harp. It seems like an insignificant task, but do not despise the days of small beginnings. (Zechariah 4:10) Even Jesus did such a thing by washing His disciples’ feet! (John 13:1-7)
Then one day, David is asked to take some lunch down to the place where his older brothers were fighting. The future king of Israel is doing the work of the lowest servant! But, great things can come out of little things.
Great people do little things with greatness.
Never overlook small details and menial tasks. Remember that the universe and all that is in it are made of tiny atoms. Thomas Jefferson once said that a majority is one man with the courage of his convictions and life calling. If you have the courage that comes from sincere conviction, no devil in hell can cause you to give up.
A book that has affected me profoundly was Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. He writes a memoir that has riveted generations as he recalls the lessons learned and experiences he encountered in the Nazi death camps. There he watched people be stripped of every possession and every bit of personhood. He recounts how he learned to make it through the horrific sleeping conditions, the lack of food, and the bare necessities of life to thrive in the most horrific of environments.
He says that the “intensification of the inner life helped the prisoner find a refuge from the emptiness, desolation and spiritual poverty of his existence…” Frankl goes on to say that he watched many comrades give up and die without ever even entering the gas chambers. He says, “Instead of taking the concentration camps difficulties as a test of their inner strength, they did not take their life seriously and despised it as something of no consequence. They preferred to close their eyes and live in the past. Life for such people became meaningless, and they died soon after.”
When the dream of the future is viewed through the lens of present circumstances, you will never move forward. Frankl says that the majority of people he knew died by giving up, not because they were forced to do so.
The future is not going to just happen, it must be created. God’s dreams for you will not happen because you show up at the stadium; you have to get on the field. Life is not a color-within-the-lines project; life is a work of art. You have to keep doing the small things as if they were great things. Keep blending the colors in fresh ways. You must be willing to get paint all over you. Birth is a messy process! You can’t model your life after Jesus if you are unwilling to adapt and be crushed.