“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9
Near the tender age of 15, David was anointed to be king, yet after that surreal moment with Samuel the prophet, everything seemed to go right back to the way they had always been. There he sat in the fields, alone, tending his father’s sheep. And as the story goes, it was years until David actually became king. In the time between being anointed and finally becoming king, a journey and transformation began; David fought and defeated a giant, was called into the service of king Saul who repeatedly tried to murder him, then was banished from his community, living in caves and constantly on the run. He fought many battles, and was even captured by the enemy where he acted like a mad man so they would let him go. Finally, 15 years after the original promise, at age 30, David became the King of Israel.
Even David, the “Man after God’s own heart” wondered when his time would come. Psalm 13 begins with “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?” Despite moments of doubt, he always chose to continue trusting in God. We see at the end of Psalm 13:5-6, David declares, “But I trust in your unfailing love… I will sing the Lord’s praise, for He has been good to me.” Sometimes we may feel like David — ready for the big promotion, ready for the recognition for all of our hard work, ready for the realization of our big dreams. But for some reason, it just doesn’t come. We have our degree in hand, but can’t seem to land that dream job. We may begin to start asking “Why,” get impatient or maybe even want to give up altogether and try something else.
What if the timing is just off? What if God’s plans are good, but the journey getting there is long and arduous, filled with years in the pastures, fighting giants or facing murderous kings? When you know you have been called, don’t lose faith. Remind yourself that you might still be developing into the person you need to be in order to thrive in that role. Remember, God is faithful. David had to go through many trials in order to develop the heart and character of a king, and so might you.
Lord, please help me to trust in Your plan and to have the courage and faith to grow into the person You are calling me to be.
Written by Michelle Gordon