When Saul came back after dealing with the Philistines, he was told, “David is now in the wilderness of En Gedi.” Saul took three companies—the best he could find in all Israel—and set out in search of David and his men in the region of Wild Goat Rocks. He came to some sheep pens along the road. There was a cave there and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were huddled far back in the same cave. David’s men whispered to him, “Can you believe it? This is the day God was talking about when he said, ‘I’ll put your enemy in your hands. You can do whatever you want with him.'” Quiet as a cat, David crept up and cut off a piece of Saul’s royal robe. 1 Samuel 24:1-4
U2 has a song that has a catchy title and chorus that states: “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” It describes the journey of someone desperately searching to define their faith. As I read this passage this morning I found this song playing on the audio track inside my head.
David is running for his life. Saul is hell-bent to kill him. David hides in a cave. During his search in the boonies for David, Saul feels the call of nature, leaves his special ops elite troops and steps into a cave to take a leak. Hands occupied and totally off-guard, he is blithely relieving himself. How much more vulnerable can you be?
David is in shock. The one who is hunting him like an animal stands completely defenseless before him. He would have never dreamed that he would be afforded such an opportunity!
How often do we go to extremes to discover what God wants for us and fail to see it right in front of us? How many times do we plead for God to just show us what he wants but fail to see the opportunity taking a leak right in front of us?
God has a sense of humor; God wants our total devotion; God is the creator of it all. When the three come together, if you simply open your eyes and see it, you’ll have the joy ride of your life!
I’m looking; I’m expecting to find what I’m looking for, especially since I now know where to look.