And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” (1 Sam 16:11)
Imagine this: that on the most significant day in the history of your family, when the prophet has come all the way from Ramallah to anoint the next leader of your nation from your family, no one even cared to call you back from your fellowship with sheep in the wilderness!
Why do you think David’s father forgot to invite him? Ok, it’s common knowledge that fathers sometimes forget important things. How about the mother? We’ve seen mothers stand up for their disadvantaged sons throughout the Bible, but this time, not even David’s mother remembers!
Have you ever felt totally disadvantaged? Have you ever felt left out? Have you ever felt like something that could change the course of history in your family, business or organization was going on and you didn’t even get a text message? It’s even harder to take when it’s you that this event was all about, but those closest to you decide that in the larger scheme of things, you’re not that important and things should proceed without you. It’s like someone attempting to do your wedding without inviting you!
Being the last born child in my family, I can relate to some of this. I was the errand boy. Everyone that needed someone to send to do whatever needed to be done could rely on my obedience. Anyone else could discipline me as and when they felt it necessary. I was lucky enough to follow a girl, and that saved me from inheriting her clothes, but I know some of you weren’t. You hardly had anything new. Whatever stopped fitting those ahead of you became yours. Of course, it wasn’t because the parents were mean or anything. In fact they were exercising economic prudence.
But still, those things can over time have an effect on our thinking and our esteem. We start imagining that something can only be ours when it ceases to be useful to someone else. We embrace the idea that we can never be first choice. It’s when everyone else has shunned the job offer or the position that they finally say, “Alright, I guess we’ll have to let him do it”!
One of the clearer images of this is when you’d go to play football at school. The whole crew would gather at the center of the field, and then two of the more experienced players would assume the captaincy of the two teams. One team would retain their shirts; in their different hues of brown, while the other team would skin (remove shirts). Then the captains would select one person at a time until each had their team of eleven. Do you know the embarrassment of being left in the center after they’ve chosen the teams! You couldn’t make the twenty two! Of course there were promises of substitution at some point (they usually didn’t materialize), but remember you walked off not belonging to any of the teams. So, you were a substitute for any of the teams if they ever got to need you. That can create doubts in life, not just football.
But God plays by different rules and arrangements. He has prepared each one of us to play significant roles on different teams that are dealing with different aspects of life. He says that “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which He ordained beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10). He has already ordained us for greatness. He has significant things in mind for us to accomplish. He reminds us that we are not forgotten. We are not only good for filling in for those who consider the role beneath them. He says “We will not sit down till he comes here!” Can you imagine, when everyone has conveniently forgotten you, God decides to pause the party until you’re brought in to take center stage?
You may have been left out because of your background, your gender, your age, your skin color, your qualifications (or the lack thereof), your beliefs, your nationality or whatever it is. But God is about to pause that party till you take center stage. God is about to bring you from out in the shadows into the lime light. God is about to raise His game concerning you. God is in pursuit of His purpose in your life. Things are about to happen. Like TD Jakes says, “Get ready get ready get ready get ready get ready get get get ge ge…”
(Excerpt from Called To Greatness by Moses Mukisa)