Story of the Day for Wednesday December 14, 2011
Bruised and Showered With Dirt
So David and his men kept going along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside paralleling him, and as he went he cursed and threw stones and showered him with dirt.
2 Samuel 16:13
Jeannine Buckley wrote to Reader’s Digest about a petty argument she had with her husband, Lonn, in which both of them were unwilling to admit they might be wrong.
In an effort at conciliation, Jeannine said, “I’ll admit I’m wrong, if you’ll admit I’m right.” Lonn agreed and insisted his wife go first.
“I’m wrong,” she said.
With a twinkle in his eye, he replied, “You’re right!”
I like Lonn already. I used to think I was always right about everything too – despite the adamant objections of those around me. For years it was a source of wonder to me – why did I possess such an uncanny ability to be right about everything, while everyone else around me was so often mistaken and misguided? It couldn’t be mere coincidence. Was it my towering intellect or just a boundless supply of common sense?
It took me most of my life before I finally realized that the reason I was always right was because I was woefully lacking in humility.
When king David was fleeing from Absalom, a man by the name of Shimei met them along the way. He called David a scoundrel and, as he cursed the king, he pelted him with stones. David’s commander, Abishai, quickly assessed the situation and offered to have the man decapitated.
Oddly, king David ordered that they leave him alone, because, who knows? – he might be right. The royal retinue plodded on while Shimei kept up the tempo of his curses, while he whipped stones at them and showered them with dust.
God called David a man after his own heart. The Lord certainly didn’t say that because David was always right. He said it because David was humble.
The war was not going well when President Lincoln, with his assistant, John Hay, and Secretary of State, William Seward, paid a visit to General McClellan’s home. The servant told the President they would have to wait until he returned from a wedding.
An hour later, McClellan returned and looked bemused as he walked past the room in which they were waiting. They sat patiently, and waited.
Finally, the servant returned and informed the President that the general had decided to go to bed.
On their way home, Hay fumed over McClellan’s insolence, but Lincoln calmly replied that this was no time to be concerned about one’s dignity. “I will hold McClellan’s horse,” Lincoln said, “if he will only bring us success.”
David and Lincoln were two of history’s greatest leaders. But their secret power was not in armies, but the ability to keep moving while bruised and showered with dirt.
(copyright by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)