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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Worst of Days

1 Samuel 30:1-31, 1 Chronicles 12:20-22, 1 Samuel 31:1-13, 1 Chronicles 10:1-14, 9:40-44, 2 Samuel 4:4, 1:1-27

I remember a few years ago having a great conversation with my then teenage son regarding a particular issue.  I was helping him learn how to navigate a situation with grace and out of the blue he said IT… 

to me! 

I could not believe what I just heard. I thought our relationship was different than other mother-son relationships.

But still he said it. And today his words, “Mom, you just don’t understand” still echo in my ears.

WOW.  Me?  Don’t understand?

I understood way better than he knew. You see, he’s never been 36, but I have been 17.  

Yea, this happened a few years ago for I am no longer 36, ahem.  Moving on...

You see, at that point in his life he was living in the state of I’m-the-only-one-dealing-with-this.  And I am sure that is exactly how David had to feel in our reading today when all his men were ready to stone him.

Oh, Tyler is definitely not the first boy to go through the things he was dealing with. But that time will definitely serve as another footer in the foundation of his life.  As David's did for him.

Difficult times are not fun, easy or even joyfully anticipated. But if we grow through them, they can serve us instead of master us.

A few years ago I read a great little book entitled What To Do on the Worst Day of Your Life, by Brian Zahnd, based on the tragic loss and then recovery at Ziklag. Throughout the entire book you see God’s hand in the life of David in his situation.  Here's a little summary...

David wept.

Chose to not get bitter.

Encouraged himself in God.

Received a word from God.

Redirected his vision.

Regained his passion.


Recovered all.


Then gave to others.   

Although this story takes place 3000 years ago, the steps David took are the same steps we need to take today to overcome all of life’s daunting obstacles. 

David’s story is a timeless model of how to encounter God’s restorative power in the midst of deep tragedy.

Nobody welcomes trouble and hard times. But these difficult moments in our lives are more than just hardships we have to endure; they can prove to be the catalysts that propel us forward, strengthen our resolve and can make us the kind of men and women other people want to follow.

Right now David is leading a small army of warriors, but soon we are going to see him leading an entire nation.

Today I would love to encourage you to read this book and dig deeper for yourselves and learn what David did on the worst day of his life.  

Until next time, to all the moms out there, I feel ya when your little darlings look at you and say, “Mom, you just don’t understand."

Oh, and they will say IT.

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