“In trouble waters I had to learn how to float” – Jay Z (Oceans)
Many people don’t believe they are advantaged. And can you even blame them?
I mean, it’s hard to see any sort of advantage in being impoverished or coming from a hard place.
Yesterday, I was thinking about David’s epic battle with Goliath and something profound struck me.
I know the recurring theme is always about how a simple shepherd boy could down a well-seasoned war machine with just a common sling.
Many books have been written, sermons preached, millions of anecdotes told and analogies made concerning the difference in size between both parties, as that’s usually the most captivating part of the story.
But what if David’s brothers weren’t in the army?
Let me tell you all the things that might have happened.
1. His father would have never sent him on that errand.
2. He’d never have heard of Goliath’s challenge.
3. His brothers’ initial resistance had to be enough to cause a furore that attracted Saul’s attention.
4. He might never have had access to Saul’s presence to even present his case about taking on Goliath.
5. And just to prove God’s providence, Saul’s armour was too big for David. He’d never had been able to sling a single stone wearing something that heavy.
These all go on to prove how crazy life is.
Having brothers in the army was the opportunity David needed to showcase his talents and God’s grace in his life. But being rejected and a lack of acknowledgement of his abilities by them was the final piece of the puzzle.
What about the experience he got from tending sheep, sleeping in the blistering cold and hunting down lions and from bears?
Aside from helping hone his military abilities, these were the tools he needed to go guerilla mode and evade Saul when his life was in danger.
Can you see the pattern?
No experience, no matter how innocuous or mundane or even painful and heartbreaking should be counted out.
Everything and everyone matters.
But it goes to show you that some of the levels you might eventually reach in life won’t be entirely on your own. And that is regardless of how much you push yourself.
Someone or something will have to push you. And it might be under the most unlikely circumstances.
Which means some of the advantages you’ll enjoy through your journey in life would be from knowing other people.
And this is not me promoting an already selfish culture of networking and connecting with people based on personal interests or WIIFM (what’s in it for me). In fact, your advantage might end up being from the ‘small and unimportant’ things.
Never count them out. That’s what builds you up.