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When Kings Cry By Cleo Dailey III (Modern-day Lazurus)

“And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.”

– 1 Samuel 19:10

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)A very familiar saying is, “when it rains, it pours.” If you have heard this saying more than once, then you understand that this speaks of more than just physical raindrops. This alludes to the idea that once the door is opened to one problem, several others reveal their selves. Looking at our society, and our city, we can see this quite clearly. But what happens when it is personal?

During the reign of King Saul, a young man began to rise in fame and in power. It is funny that while others around him called it fame, he merely saw it as doing what he loved to do. David, son of Jesse, was a born leader. He led sheep for the first half of his entire life. Once opportunity aligned itself with destiny, David was found doing what he did best: winning. That in itself is a word for someone, who feels that you have to dumb yourself down for the appraisal of others. David was elevated because he was David, not because he was out to hurt Saul. Saul didn’t see it that way, however. Saul made it up in his mind that no matter what David did, he would stop him – with a spear.

Knowing the many attempts on his life, David could have proactively sought to harm Saul. But David chose the battlefield of integrity. David decided that no matter how many spears were thrown at him, he would always take the high road. How much more would the value of our lives be if we stop throwing spears back at our “Saul’s”? There is no way around it; spears hurt, and can leave permanent marks. But God gives the agility to dodge spears and the humility to not throw them back. In moments when you feel picked on, called out, wounded, and a target for someone, know that God has your back and your goal!

Nothing thrown your way can stop the plan of God-even if the “weapon” that is formed comes from one you love. Dodge your spears in silence and thank God for quick feet.