Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Our last year in Florida, we attended a church that had Awana. Andrew loved it. He devoured the verses and loved hiding those scriptures in his heart. He also became fascinated with King David so we started reading 1 Samuel together. We've been slowly studying David's life, and I've learned so much in the process. Today we read 1 Samuel 24. You should really check that out, but I'll give you a brief description. Saul was trying to kill David, and David (who also had a group of followers) was hiding out in the wilderness. This one particular day the scripture says that David was hiding in a cave when Saul entered that very cave to "relieve" himself. Andrew and I giggled at the thoughts that must have been going through David's mind as Saul went to the bathroom right there in front of his troops. It says that David's men were encouraging him to kill Saul...but you know what David did...he went and cut off the hem of Saul's cloak. Remembering that David was human, we laughed about the possibility that may have gone through David's mind to cut off more than just the hem and then laugh as Saul went and exposed his behind (quite literally although he figuratively did that also) to the rest of his soldiers. After we got a good laugh, the scripture became more serious, and it turned out to be a loving story about forgiveness. David honored Saul as the king that the Lord had appointed, and Saul's heart was softened. I find myself more antsy to continue reading the story to find out what happens next. I have such a bad memory that I'm always relearning the story as if it were the first time I ever read it. Keeps the Bible really interesting...that's for sure!