Conference was about the "joy" of serving, and following, God through the Holy Spirit - we were even dancing at one point! It was very interesting to have the speakers, before the voting, and to 'listen' to what others were saying. It was a lesson in 'observation' also because you had to be paying attention to both listening and observing. It also gave the opportunity to "observe" how others listened and "observed." It raised a question, for me, about both observation and listening. How well do we do them?
The Scripture reading for today, and the next few weeks, is in 1 Samuel 17 - David facing Goliath. Yes, I know we have spoken of "facing our giants" but it has been a few years. Giants are still coming at us -- both new ones, old ones and some that just seem to "stay" with us. So I would like to look, this morning, at what David is saying to Saul. He points out how God has been with him through taking care of the sheep and facing "lions and bears." He tells Saul "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." (verse 37)
David has "observed" what is happening around him, remembered how God was, is and will be with him AND he tells Saul. Saul listens and then sends David on his way "Go and the Lord be with you." (37) So I ask you....... When are we observing? When are we listening? Are we 'observing' how God has been with us or are we seeing "only" the giant in front of us? Are we listening to God or are we hearing "only" the giant?
Something to think about as we finally get to summer!