"David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned for forty years."
We've talked about it before but I'm asking again -- when do you "believe" something? There is so much information coming from so many places - what, and when, do you believe something? When you hear it? When you see it? What if you don't see it? What if you have visual difficulties? I've worked with the visually impaired and, trust me, they can do anything we can except - maybe - drive a car. 60 Minutes had a report, last Sunday, on the designs a blind architect is doing in and with accessible buildings. His designs are pretty awesome!
Our readings are about what and how people see - what is happening and how, or what, the response is. The Gospel reading is Jesus not being welcomed (Luke 9:53), James and John's response (v. 54) and what Jesus has them do - move on to "another town." (v. 56) In Galatians we are told to "follow the Spirit's leading" in "every part of our lives." (5:25) Then we come to the OT reading telling us about how long David ruled - 40 years. Samuel anointed David when David was a boy. Samuel was a boy when he started his ministry. Samuel had to learn, and transition, as he went along. God even tells Samuel "the Lord doesn't see things the way you see them." (1 Samuel 16:7) I saw a post on Facebook -- "David's brothers saw a shepherd. God saw a King. Goliath saw a dog. God saw a warrior. Let God define you not others." Samuel also saw a boy but did what God asked when he anointed the boy.
So...as we are following where God is leading... what are you seeing? What are you believing? Are you following where God is leading? Something to think about.........
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.