Day 4

Take One Day At A Time

1 Samuel 16:11-13

11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”

13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.

The day was like any other day. David likely wok up early to get out into the fields and care for the his father’s flocks. It was a day like any other until the Prophet Samuel arrived at his home. Then that day was the day when David’s life would change forever.

We think of those singular moments in our lives that are “life changers” and we point to those as the moment life changed. Without a doubt there are key moments like that; when a spouse, a parent, or a child dies. That’s a moment that changes your life forever. A big move, a loss of a job or a promotion at work can be one of those moments. We like to put a lot of stock in those moments. David was anointed king on this day – it was a life changer. But have you ever noticed what David does after he’s anointed? Nothing! He goes back to the sheep. He doesn’t march into Jerusalem a triumphant king. He marches back to the fields to do the work his dad has given him. Doesn’t seem like much of a life changer from that perspective!

Sometimes, we miss a valuable truth because we are focused on the BIG life changing moments. That truth is this: every single day is a life changing day. The events of your life unfold each day and those events, whether big or small change you. They may have a cumulative effect over time or alter your course immediately. Every day is a life changing day.

What does this mean for you? Well, it means that today will change the course of your life. It also means that you have no idea where your life could be by the end of tomorrow. Whole that can be a little frightening, it’s exactly how God has designed us. We were made to take one day at a time. To walk through the present and present as possible. God wants us to see what is right in front of us and to live in that moment. Whether its troubles or celebrations, this moment in time, today, is a gift that God has given you. The future may hold out great promises (David would become King one day) but right now needs your full attention and commitment. David returned to the fields, to care for the sheep, because he knew that while his life would be changed forever, he still had this moment that mattered. So, he took one day at a time.