The chapter literally begins with these words, “In the spring at the time when kings go off to war. . . King David remained in Jerusalem.”
The chapter in 2 Samuel 11 then goes on to explain how King David should have been off leading his army in battle, but for whatever reason, he decided to stay at home. Dear Reader, maybe you have already derailed from this. Maybe you are already sidetracked by the atrocities of war and perhaps think I am promoting conflict, death, and heartache.
Nope. However, I am promoting a way to look at those words and apply them to my own life because while it is spring, I am not a king, nor do I have any intention of participating in a war.
The crux of that verse is that David wasn’t where he was supposed to be, and because he wasn’t where he was supposed to be, he saw something he shouldn’t have seen, which led him to do many things he shouldn’t have done. And there’s a good chance that I, too, could fall into a similar situation.
We parents seem to worry so much about our children’s grades, extra-curricular activities, scholarship money, and awards, but I humbly suggest that our prayer might be, “May my son be where he’s supposed to be today at all times. May my daughter be where she’s supposed to be today at all times.”
It’s interesting. At this point my daughter has just a little over two years of college left as she’s still hoping to graduate with her double major in three years. One week she bats around this plan. Another week she bats around that plan. This isn’t just what color dress she should wear to the prom. These are life-altering, major decisions. Sometimes she throws something out and I think she’s achieved ultimate wisdom. Sometimes she throws something out and I think she’s regressed back to middle school. But I’m learning and trying to not get so hung up in the details, but to simply encourage her to try to be where she’s supposed to be in life. That takes wisdom. That takes discernment. And from what we learn from King David, it obviously prevents a myriad of trouble.
In my own life I have no idea what I will be doing come next fall. Will I be teaching full time? Will I be filling in teaching for an extended leave somewhere? Will I still be on duty at home? It’s all up-in-the-air right now. And believe it or not, I am at peace with that. But my prayer is that I will be where I am supposed to be so I can do what I’m supposed to do.
Probably the most heart-wrenching personal example I have in regards to this is listening to a man in a West Virginia hospital. His wife had just paralyzed a 15 year old girl, and he was lamenting the fact that if he’d just gone on vacation with his wife and son, instead of working one more day before vacation, he would have been driving and the teenage girl would still have the use of her legs.
I don’t mean to pick on him. We all have examples in our lives of times we weren’t where we were supposed to have been. But perhaps we don’t put enough emphasis on it. Perhaps we are too worried about how everything looks or the logistics of it all that we just don’t start at the beginning. Maybe we start by simply praying that we will be where we are supposed to be and let the rest play out as it should.
And the days you are where you know you are supposed to be, well, I’ve found there’s a real sense of peace, even if the winds around you are blowing like crazy.
Until the next Wednesday the Lord allows.