It is interesting to think about "go, do." When it actually comes down to it - do we really want to "go and/or do"? We've talked about the "going," even the "doing" but we are still sitting in our chairs. Depending on what it is that needs "doing" and where we need to "go" to do it we are now coming up with various excuses (sorry!! reasons!) why we aren't out there actually ready to go and do.
We've been talking, for the last few weeks, about the 5 stones David picked up before he faced Goliath. Today's readings are 1 Samuel 17:48 -- 49 and Mark 6:34 -- 44. David is now ready. He has his plan, his tools, knows his training and is ready to take on the "giant" he sees (pictures). What does David "do"? He runs toward Goliath "to meet him." (vs. 48) Then he takes one stone out of the bag, slings it and hits "the Philistine on the forehead." (vs. 49)
Jesus, in the Mark reading, tells the Disciples "you give them something to eat." (vs. 37) The Disciples are questioning this, big time (because their 'picture' is of a large crowd), about the where and the how much to spend. Jesus asks them to check on what they already have - 5 loaves, 2 fish (tools) - then directs them with what to do (plan). When they actually "do" what Jesus asks "they all ate and were satisfied" (vs. 42) with 12 baskets 'left over' (vs. 43). Jesus has given the Disciples a different picture, solves the problem, feeds everyone with leftovers and then sends the Disciples into the boats and dismisses the crowd. (vs. 45)
So......... It does give some interesting thoughts to "go/do." We know what God is calling us to but what picture do we see -- the 'giant,' the crowd? Are we looking for, and using, the tools God has given us? What about the training we've had and/or the plan we see? Even if we don't, like David, run toward the giant - can we 'go and do'? Jesus is showing us God IS with us - can we, like the Disciples, 'do'? What 'giants' are you facing?