This week, Women of Faith challenges us with the question:
Do you tend to be more of a leaping lamb or a fainting goat?
But sometimes,there is nothing more to give. You are depleted in mind, spirit, or body, perhaps all three, and you just don’t know how… or where… or when the next task will be accomplished.
I’ve been there a few times… six kids, twenty or so piano lessons a week, multiple church ministries, homework, housework, sports…the list goes on. We all get tired. Even more trying circumstances… divorce, disease, and death, compete for our time and energy. But the most difficult of these situations occur when our desires and responsibilities are on different plains.
God directed me to this passage a couple months ago and it has been such a pillar of truth.
He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.
David is identifying that God used his serving days of shepherding to prepare him for the kingship. The character of integrity and skill was on the job training for the future. We often look at David’s “lion and bear” days when we read about his defeat of Goliath. And that is awesome! However, the point I’ve been driving home in my own heart is that hunting down the little lost lambs, finding resources to meet their needs… the act of caring for the sheep in every way was the responsibility God issued for that period. There was nothing glamorous about it. There was no one out in the field, praising David for his excellent care. There was no one to do the job but David.
And wherever God has you or me, whatever duty He has placed us in, no one else can do it but you or me. Oh, He will accomplish His work, but:
Would you rather it be through you or in spite of you?
So I want to be the leaping lamb…
and rely on the Good Shepherd…
and find my joy as David did:
According to the integrity of his heart.
Regardless of the task.