2019-01-28 - My Cave
I never realized I lived in a cave, but I do. Mine is lime green with black shutters. It has eight rooms and was built in the 1900s. My cave resembles the home I grew up in, a place that gives me comfort, even though happy memories are hard to conjure. For some reason, my childhood home has a hold on me. I haven't figured why yet, but it has a strong hold.
Before being crowned king, David spent some time in a cave. He was on the run because King Saul wanted David dead. David wasn't alone in the cave at Adulham. Four hundred men were making this tiny cave their home, to avoid death or prison. (1 Samuel 22:1-2) In this small and smelly cave, hundreds of men lived, afraid to face the consequences of past decisions. Why would anyone choose a dark and miserable existence? It was their only chance for survival. The cave wasn't going to let David and the men down. They could be in control, hidden from view, safe, and dry.
During his time in the cave, David penned Psalm 57. In its 11 verses David doesn't sugarcoat his predicament. He praises the Lord and asks for God's help. David doesn't want to spend the rest of his life hiding. "Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me–God sends forth his love and his faithfulness."(Psalm 57:1-3 NIV)
David did not remain huddled in the cave. David, like all of us, has a destination. God has a plan for each of us as Jeremiah 29:11 attests. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV) Our future role may not be a king or a job of authority, but we will never reach our full potential living in a cave, no matter how beautifully decorated or how long we live there.
What does your cave look like?
Lord, Break the hold the past has on me. May I not be afraid to let the memories go or leave the comfort they bring. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.