Most of you know that for the past year I have worked for Starbucks. Not a bad company, decent benefits, and at the moment how God is providing for my family. You also know that it is not what I prefer to be doing or you may have even heard the phrase "I hate working for Starbucks" come out of my mouth. Although, I know this attitude does not necessarily go away over night, I have a new perspective on things now.
At The Summit Church we are studying through the book of 1 Samuel in a series titled "Search for a King." This past weekend we studied chapter 16 on David being anointed as king and I recognized some things about this story that I had not really paid much attention to before that allowed me to have this new perspective for where I am in life.
Verse 7 is key in understanding this passage as we see that what the world and God are looking for in a leader are two totally different things. Although, this verse is key it is not what had the most impact on me. If you look at verse 12b it says, "Then the Lord said, "Arise, anoint him, for this is he." Verse 13 says, "...And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward."
But what really sticks out to me in this passage is the gap between verse 13 and 14. David had just been anointed as king, the Spirit of the Lord had rushed upon him, and he is now back in the pasture where he was before any of that happened so that God could prepare him. My pastor, J.D. Greear(jdgreear.com), had us fill in that blank space between those two verses with the following words: obscurity, monotony, and reality. This truth definitely struck a chord in me as I feel that this is something I have been dealing with for sometime now.
I am not saying that God has set me apart as he did David because it is unlikely that you or I would ever be able to fill the role that David did as he had a unique role in this story. But I do know that God has called me to serve Him in a clear way and that 12 years ago I publicly recognized and surrendered to that call. Honestly over the last 12 years I have been along for the ride, but the last couple of years wondered and questioned at times why I am where I am in life as I look back 12 years ago.
I now fully recognize that God has been and is preparing me for what it is He has for me and part of that preparation process is being in the pasture of obscurity, monotony, and reality. And Just as with David, God has recently showed me what it is He has been preparing me for, but for now I still need some time in the pasture.