Dawn breaking over the eastern horizon proved a relief to David. At last, he’d be able to see where he was. His escape from King Saul had him in panic mode.
A crowing rooster promised civilization ahead, hopefully a town.
He slowed to a walk to catch his breath. Then, he stopped and listened for footsteps behind him. The silence caused his muscles to relax.
Daylight revealed the town’s well off to his left. Someone had left a picture to draw water with. David lowered the vase by the rope and inhaled the liquid to slake his thirst. This definitely wasn’t as pure as Bethlehem’s water, but, survival was most important now.
He sat to rest his legs. Then, he laid down.
The sound of giggling women roused him awake. David stood so fast he nearly tumbled over backward. The giggling increased.
David brushed the dust off his side. “Good morning, ladies. I…um…I guess I fell asleep here. I’ve been running all night. By the way my name is David.”
The eldest women stepped forward. “We know who you are. What brings you to Ramah during the night?”
“Ramah? Is the Prophet Samuel here? I have some questions for him.”
“Indeed, Samuel is here. Would you like a meal before you see him?”
David looked at the town. “Is there a way I can do both at the same time? My life has been a wreck since I first met him. I’d rather skip a meal if I have to.”
“The Lord has provided for His anointed. We’ve come for water for Samuel’s breakfast. I’m sure he’ll want you to join him.”
Each woman introduced herself to David as he lowered their vase for water. His red cheeks brought a smile to each face.
He followed them to Samuel’s residence and waited outside.
An aide opened the door. “Come, David. Samuel is calling for you.”
David watched two men help the old man to his feet. Samuel turned and smiled. He held his arms forward. “Come, David. To what do I owe the privilege of being in the presence of the Lord’s anointed?”
David walked into the embrace of a legend and sobbed. He took the rest of the morning to share what had happened to him.
As they finished eating lunch Samuel grasped David’s hand. “Your journey is much more difficult than I thought it would be. The Lord is preparing you for greatness, be sure of that, David. You shall accompany us to Naioth. There you will find rest for your soul.”
David looked into his elder’s eyes. “Naioth, isn’t that reserved for prophets? Won’t I be out of place there?”
Samuel blinked away some tears. “Your greatness requires you to remain close to the Lord. We’ll be privileged to be in your company at this time.”
A few days later David set his lyre down as he finished composing the 59th Psalm. He walked to the window of his upstairs room. The group of men approaching were obviously sent by King Saul.
Their voices carried a prophetic tone to them. Their smiles showed David they’d forgotten their mission. This repeated two more times over the next week.
Then, one day King Saul, himself, approached the compound. His demeanor also changed as he came near. David held his breath as Saul was ushered inside.
Saul’s loud voice didn’t surprise David, but, the words he spoke drew David downstairs.
David watched Saul remove his king’s robe as he uttered profound statements.
Saul’s gaze locked on David. “From the Lord’s anointed will come a lamb to be slain…”
As David approached Samuel Saul removed the rest of his clothes as he continued to spew prophetic announcements.
David walked next to Samuel. “What’s happening to the Lord’s anointed?”
Samuel leaned close to David. “God’s Spirit has taken him to the depth of indignity to display His might over the mightiest of men. Never forget this, my son.”
David swallowed hard.
How does God go about making a shepherd boy into a king? Step 10: He takes him to a mentor and shows His complete control over the situation.
It took a lot of persecution to get David to spend time with the legendary prophet Samuel. But, God knew this time would prove to be invaluable to David. That’s why this section of scripture is important.
Sometimes mentors are brought into a person’s life by God. Other times we need to seek them out. Their impact can be uplifting, affirming and life-changing.
I’m sure David’s time with Samuel changed him tremendously. There must have been so many questions floating around David’s mind once he was anointed by Samuel, especially after the events that transpired in his young life.
It would take someone who had experience with God’s Spirit indwelling him to explain what to do with how they saw things differently than other people. Samuel would be THE person who could guide David down this spiritual road.
We’re not privy to the exact conversations they had. Nor are we told how long they spent together, but, it must have given David a lot more confidence as he faced the challenges ahead of him.
I’m sure David never forgot what happened to King Saul once God’s Spirit re-entered him.
God brought him to the most undignified position He could to show how serious He is about continuing in obedience to him. David did a pretty good job of remembering to follow God throughout his life, until near the end.
David’s time alone, without a confidante to hold him accountable, led him to a turning point in his later life I’m sure he regretted many times, especially from the chaos that ensued.
Who do you have to guide you along life’s road? What friend holds your feet to the fire after you return from a business trip? Who are you reaching out to to guide them along the narrow path of life?
Do your best to answer these questions with a name. I will, too.
I’ll see you later. Wade