Dress In BRAVE
1 Samuel 17: 40 “Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.”
I am confident God teaches us humility through children. Before I had children, I took pride in my looks, my health, and my wardrobe. But, let’s be real. With two toddlers riding on my hips, my Rita-world was shaken. There were days when I looked in the mirror and wondered who that disheveled woman staring back at me could be. Yoga pants were my best friend and my make-up bag became buried in the closet somewhere behind the baby lotions and diaper rash ointments and stayed hidden so long my mascara hardened like concrete.
A few years later, I signed up to help with my son’s class party. I stood in my closet eyeing the few items deemed worthy to wear in public and settled on a shift dress. (because shift dresses cover a multitude of baby-bearing bumps!) I chose a scarf to complete my ensemble. Excited about a day beyond the confines of the house, I set the alarm early, affording me the rare privilege of showering before noon. Seeing me all dressed at breakfast caught my boys off guard. Chad pulled back, looked me over and declared, “Mom, you are not wearing that to my school today, are you? It makes you look old!”
Never in my wildest dreams as I surveyed my closet for this special day did I seek out and aspire to DRESS IN OLD! But, evidently, what you are is displayed in what you wear.
In 1 Samuel 17, we find David, dressed in a totally different garb. We find David DRESSED IN BRAVE! David was the designated sheep-watcher, holding down the fort while his brothers witnessed the action of the battleground. Then one day, this shepherd boy found himself face to face with a giant. Goliath was bigger. Goliath was stronger. Goliath was legendary. Goliath was surrounded by an army that revered him. And, there before the giant stood David, a small, insignificant, and unknown boy surrounded by an army of cowards.
To battle Goliath, David’s primary weapon was his mighty God. David chose as his secondary weapon, five small stones. Now I truly know nothing of being a warrior, but I’m confident I would have chosen differently – perhaps something long and sharp or a weapon that would render a huge explosion. But, not David. Those small stones were unstoppable because of the mighty God he served. And, on that very day, God used only one of those stones in the small hands of David, to bring down a nation.
Let that soak in for a minute.
WITH GOD, ONE SMALL STONE BROUGHT DOWN AN ENTIRE NATION!
The day of my son’s party, I was DRESSED IN OLD. The day of the battle with a giant, David was DRESSED IN BRAVE. David wasn’t worried about how strong and big Goliath was because David knew how strong and big God was! David was clothed in the memory of the ways God sustained his people in battles of the past. And, David was clothed in the promises of a mighty God. So, David stood before the giant DRESSED IN BRAVE!
Throughout life, we find ourselves in battles. Our battle may be in the workplace as we strive to co-exist with difficult co-workers or bosses. Our battle might be at home as we fight to preserve a loving union with children or spouse. Perhaps our battle finds us fighting our pride in order to mend a broken relationship with a friend. Maybe our battle is with our own self-doubt, shame, or addictions. Sisters, take heart in what may seem an impossible battle. Hold to the battle plan of David and DRESS IN BRAVE. Remember. . . Saul thought Goliath too big to fight. David thought Goliath too big to miss, because the battle was fought with the power of a mighty God.
Father God, today may we dress in our BRAVE, knowing that you are a mighty God.
Blessings of Bravery,