There's something about the way people look at you with a big smile and tell you what you're capable of. Whether this is a level of degree in school, a personal goal you've set for yourself, or something you didn't start considering until people planted the thought in your head. This is hype. Just like those of us who believe the Tennessee Volunteers will be National Champions once again. Hard to believe for some, others believe whole-heartedly; regardless of the thought, it doesn't matter until it's game time.
This is how I feel about the story of David, even though I don't want to talk about him at all. Think about this family: you have the brightest, most handsome, and qualified men to be king. Jesse, the father of these young men, knows the cream of the crop he has in his bloodline. So when Samuel comes to your door and asks if he can come to find the King's replacement, you better believe Samuel's going to listen to the hype he's heard.
1 Samuel 16:6 (HCSB) says:
“When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and said, “Certainly the Lord’s anointed one is here before Him.”
Yet the Lord said no.
Samuel couldn't understand. Look at his stature - he looks like the next king! This process repeated until they found the young boy tending the sheep and God told Samuel to anoint him as King.
This summer I was Eliab. There is a mission trip I have attended for several summers, and leading up to July I continued to say, "Oh of course, aren't I anointed?" I had experience, passion, and a schedule that would allow me to go. People at church didn't question that I would attend. It was an expected venture. Those leading the trip had already discussed plans with me since I had responsibilities to tend to. A girl I mentor was going to be going for the first year, and I couldn't wait to share these memories with her.
Yet the Lord said no.
I can remember the moment I heard the Lord speak. It wasn't something audible, but more like a whisper to my heart. "No." I tried convincing Him that He didn't know what He was talking about. (I don't recommend this to anyone, who I to tell the Creator of the Universe am He doesn't understand?) "Those are MY girls!" I screamed. "I love them so much, why are you taking them away from me?" The sobs continued. I thought about the girls I met on this trip all the time, and the thought of not seeing them ripped me to pieces.
Even as I write this I can't help but chuckle a bit when I think about the response I got from that. I am a full believer that God in His own holy way can be sassy right back to my ridiculous statements. "Oh your girls? They're your girls Abbey?" How can you not stop everything when you hear a statement like that. "What if I told you what's best for them this year isn't you?" Excuse me God, but remember what that person told me? They said I should go back. That girl told me that she was afraid to go without me. Are you sure? Then I was flooded with spiritual songs I had recently sung in choir:
"God You are God when I feel like I'm falling, God You are God beyond my understanding."
"I will wait, and be still, knowing you're in control."
"When my heart and strength have failed me, My God You won't, You'll never leave me. I will trust in You alone."
I watched my David, the girl who was terrified to go without me by her side, be completely changed by God's presence on that trip. She was in situations and was able to lead in ways that I would have interfered with had I gone. When God's will and your personal hype don't agree, it can be one of the most devastating feelings, but I know God works together for the good of those who love Him. Praise the Lord for saying no.