Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”  Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around,
because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.”
So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand,
chose five smooth stones from the stream,
put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and,
with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
I Samuel 17: 37b-40

I think it is safe to say many of us know what happened next, if you don’t or want to read for yourself, you can find “the rest of the story” here.  Young David, took his slingshot and slew the giant…with an ordinary stone.  Not a hand grenade.  Not a rocket launcher.  Not a sword.  Just a stone.  A stone from the stream.  I think there is a lesson for me here.  How much in my ordinary life do I overlook because it is ORDINARY? This can’t be useful to God, because it is ordinary, normal, everyday stuff.  No, to be useful to Him I have I need something BIG.  Something eye-catching.  Something GREAT!  Or do I?  David used a stone.  How many stones do I overlook in my day?  Far too many I am afraid.  Max Lucado said it very well.

The ordinary.  The everyday.  The people I meet.  The chores I do (or don’t do).  The things that seem common, normal, ho-hum…God can use them all, if I let Him…if I let Him use me.

Lord, please help me let you use me.  Help me to not overlook the normal, everyday things in life.  Help me to recognize the ordinary as gifts from you and help me to open my eyes to see you in everything. 

Here is a sunrise picture John took this past weekend.  He actually took quite a few that morning and they are all beautiful. 



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