When I was a kid, my dad gave my brother and me a little mini-bike for Christmas. He had bought it cheap from someone at a yard sale and spent a few weeks cleaning and fixing it for us. It was red and black and had a five horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine. It only had a rear brake, and that didn’t work very well. I loved that little bike and rode it all over the place. After school and on the weekends, I would ride it in the wash behind the golf course here in Rialto. I built little ramps and loved going up and down the dirt hills. But, as one can imagine, an 8-year old on a mini-bike will inevitably crash. I crashed, and I crashed often. I probably crashed that thing dozens of times, if not hundreds. The first few times, I was scared. I hurt myself and even broke a finger one time. But, after crashing a few times, I learned how to “land.” I learned how to tuck in my chin and arms. I learned how slide and how to roll.
A couple of years ago, I was riding my motorbike (a big, full-size, grown-up motorbike) when a car ran a stop sign and crashed into me. Almost instinctively, I tucked and rolled until I was able to slide and stop. Fortunately, God was with me and I was able to walk away. I was even able to fix the bike. I rode it to work today! Had it not been for all of those crashes as a kid, though, my first response might have been one of panic, fear, or shock, which I am certain would have led to a worse outcome.
In 1 Samuel 30, King David had a problem. He and his men came back from a long journey to find their homes had been burned down and their families kidnapped. The men panicked. They had no idea what to do, and began to think crazy thoughts. David, however, knew what to do. He had been in similar situations before. He was just as sad and scared as his men, but he had a plan.
"David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God." (I Samuel 30:6)
David knew what to do in a crash. In verses 7 and 8, David asks God for help. He knew that when times got tough, when it seemed like things were desperate, when he was unsure and scared, his first bet was to talk to God. In the middle of a crash, David’s response was to go to God.
When you face challenges in life, what is your response? Do you break down and panic? Do you freak out? Do you blame other people, like David’s men did? Or do you talk to God? God gave David victory. He can do the same thing for you.
Posted on Tue, March 13, 2012
by Steven Valadez