“Ahithophel said to Absalom, “I would choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David.”2 Samuel 17:1 NIV
I love Christmas. I was just talking with a friend today about decorating for Christmas and how much we love the lights and other decor. Several years ago, I turned my attention to wrapping beautiful presents. The wrapping paper mattered, but the bow mattered more. I watched videos on how to tie the perfect wire ribbon bow. It was fun and I loved the results.
We have the same tendency as humans to put a bow on life. We want everything to work out. We want to understand the “why’s” of life…the “why’s” of God. When we understand…we can then make sure that we get the bow. The bow is the fulfilled dream…the met desire…the husband, child, healing or job.
I can’t imagine how much King David wanted the bow. He was hunted by those who wanted him dead. When he became King it took years before he take the throne. His own actions caused heartache and death. He desired to build God a temple and was told no. And now he is being pursued by his son. Would it ever end?
Have you ever felt that? Have you ever begged God for relief and not felt it? Have you been faithful and not had that desire fulfilled? Have you prayed for healing…salvation for a child…freedom from addiction?
In 2 Samuel we see David doing the next right thing. He trusts those who are with him and following God alongside him. He is consistent in his communication with God. He repents of his sins. He keeps turning towards God. May we follow his lead.
Dear God, as we live life full of joy and sorrow may we follow your lead. As we wait for fulfilled dreams, may we turn towards you. As we live in suffering, may we surround ourselves with others who are running after you. May we follow those that have gone before us, like King David. And God, may your peace and presence comfort us in our pain. Amen.