I was having coffee this morning with a prominent woman in our community and something she had said has been lingering in my mind all day. She was telling me about how she was thinking about asking a well known speaker to come speak at their next year’s big event that she had just hosted, but felt like God was leading her to have “eyes of Samuel, the prophet” to be open to see and search for the next David out there.
The story of David being chosen as the next King goes…God sent Samuel, the prophet to the house of Jesse, to anoint one of his eight sons to be the next King. Samuel first saw Eliab and thought he was “the one” because he fit the bill, so to speak. God quickly gave Samuel a teaching lesson about how He sees things by saying:
“Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1Samuel 16:7)
Following Eliab, Jesse had presented to Samuel the rest of his sons…well, the sons he thought would be suitable candidates for the next King. After Samuel saw these seven, and not hearing the “ding-ding-ding-right-one” button going off for any of them, he asked Jesse if there was by some random chance that he still had a son that just wasn’t present (because God had not chosen any of these, but sent Samuel to pick specifically from one of Jesse’s sons.) It was evident that Jesse did not think that his youngest son, David, the shepherd boy was a fitting option to be the next King, so much so that he did not even consider presenting him to Samuel as a potential. As soon as Samuel saw David, God told him that he was the one to be the next King, and immediately, in front of all his brothers, Samuel anointed David as King.
Why was this particularly encouraging to me today?
I have a dream stewing right now. Well, actually it is more like-I have a bunch of dreams stewing and stirring right now. Dreams that involve sharing the hope, healing, and freedom that I have received from the power and love of Jesus through the vehicle of speaking and writing. My motive is to help others with the help that I myself have been helped with. What greater way to spread a message faster than by the written word? Speaking to a crowd is needed, and useful, but getting a message in a book, can spread across the world and impact exponentially. But, to be honest, in this world of fierce competition and pressures of “outward appearance” (standards, titles, websites, and even number of Twitter/Facebook followers) it is tempting to measure the possibilities of being “picked” to be the next David in the world of speaking and writing as seemingly impossible.
But, it IS God who anoints and positions us in His timing for His purpose that brings about the right plan. And, it is faith that God desires. Faith is what pleases Him after all. And, ALL things are possible to those who believe.
I am having to remind myself and remember how I have seen God be faithful with so many areas of my life and in particular with seeing two of my dreams already come true. The first one was when I signed a five-year contract to play volleyball for the University of Kansas. And the second was signing a two-year contract with one of New York City’s top modeling agencies. With both of these, I was the “David” in the story being picked in seemingly impossible situations. God loves to take our impossible dreams, and make them possible through Him! Just as David was victorious in his hiddenness with defeating the bear, and the lion preparing him for his greatest victory of killing Goliath, so too, I am believing these two dreams fulfilled were prophetic in seeing my ultimate dream come true of helping women with these messages within me coming out on paper. This I hope and this I believe.
May I encourage you today as well to not let yourself go down “Jesse-lane” where you are looking to the world’s ways of success and feel you need to compete for a spot to see your dream come true. There is no one else created with the same dream custom made within you. And, what is a dream unless it is first impossible for us to accomplish on our own? Dream and believe! God is the writer and creator of our dreams and He is the One who desires to see them come true…in His timing and in His way, for HIS purpose, AND most importantly for HIS glory, not ours.