A five-stone pause

David paused. He had been listening carefully to God as he prepared for this showdown with the feared warrior called Goliath. When King Saul offered David his personal armor, David quickly knew that restrictive, unfamiliar armor wasn’t part of his mission. He declined the king’s generous offer, took his sling, and found a brook (see I Samuel 17:38–50).

He paused long enough to pick up five smooth stones. As he stooped and put his hand into the brook, he could have chosen just one—after all, with the advantage of hindsight we know one stone was all he needed. And he didn’t just grab any handful. Perhaps he paused to carefully select exactly the right stones, five of them. The slingshot was a weapon he wielded with authority. He had proved it over the years by protecting his father’s sheep against lions and bears. 

Childlike trust
August 26, 2013

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