Do you ever feel like life is a series of “Duck, Duck, Goose” games? There you sit in your circle, surrounded by other people. Then, the opportunity comes. The one who can tag you as the next one that can rise from the circle begins to make their turn around the circle. They look at each one sitting and try to take in the possibility of who gets to be the privileged one; who gets to be “goose.”
All eyes and ears are opened to that one. They watch. They listen. They wait in anticipation to see if the chance and opportunity to rise and run falls on them. As the game proceeds, the favor of that one doesn’t fall on you and you are left to sit in the circle once more.
Times of sitting and waiting is rarely fun unless you see the possible potential that can flow from that downtime. Often, many people, in many circles, of life are overlooked and passed by without a second glance. And, while it seems the favor of man has continually ignored and/or snubbed you, in your downtime, there is One who sees.
It’s so easy in life to get caught up and focused on the human to human point of contact and favor. While a better use of our time, down or not, should be focused on our human to God contact, and the potential of growing more in Him.
While David was a young man in his circle, he was overlooked not only by his brothers but his father too. When the prophet Samuel came to pay a call to anoint the next one to rise out of the circle, the next one to be king, David wasn’t even thought of when all the sons of the house lined up according to the potential that human eyes could see.
But, in his downtime, there were oodles of potential growing and producing a God-fearing, dedicated life beyond the eyes of what man can see. In my opinion, it is possible that even David himself didn’t see everything in him like God saw it, for he didn’t force himself to be seen by others and noticed. It was not until Samuel exhausted all possibilities before him did he bother to ask was there another option. Was there someone else who should be considered for this great honor?
He heard the whisper of God speak, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart,” (1 Samuel 16:7), and as all the possibilities passed before him, he found out the Lord didn’t choose any one of them, even when man thought and believed they were the logical choice.
No, but in his overlooked season, a heart was developing in David that caught God’s attention when others neglected to see the power of potential growing in him. A heart that loved God from the inside out. A heart that was sensitive to the leading and moving of God. A heart that had faith in God that would allow him to stand before a literal giant and make him fall. A heart in David was growing and maturing for God alone. This is what piqued God’s interest in him. Not the outward stuff that others could see and overlook him for. But God was excited and drawn to those things on the inside that only He could see.
Height. Stature. Good looks. Outward talent and so forth will all fade and deteriorate over time. But a heart that is truly after God will last and endure.
What we need to remember and take away from this story is that God sees it all. Although it is not right, many will continue to judge by only what they see on the exterior of all you have to offer. But God sees all the possibilities within. And, although many may overlook you, God has not.
Don’t sit in your circle idly waiting for other’s approval. Rather, wait on God, and live for Him. Once again, David didn’t seek their attention. He was outside with the sheep doing the work he was assigned to do at that time (1 Samuel 16:11) when he was called to be anointed the next king of Israel (1 Samuel 16:12-13).
Wherever you are in life, keep your focus on God. Live a life that is pleasing to Him from the inside out. Worry less about what others think and rest your hope in what God alone sees and knows all about you. This is not a game to Him, and He will never overlook you!