Do you remember high school when you knew that all of the great accomplishments in your life were ahead of you? Success seemed just around the corner as a student, an athlete, a boss, a parent, a business person, a politician or whatever direction you might choose. But a decade or two rolls by and suddenly it’s easier to look back at your accomplishments and wonder- was that it? Did I already accomplish all the significant things in my life and now I am coasting? Have I already hit my peak?
Think about King David. At age 15 David had the world in the palm of his hand. He’s been secretly anointed to be the next King, he becomes a national hero by killing Goliath and then he becomes the King’s son-in-law because he married the princess. Sounds like things are going great but then King Saul’s jealousy of David turns David into an outlaw living in caves or with the enemies for 15 years. Fifteen years… talk about peaking and then hitting bottom. I can’t help but think of David seated in some dusty desert camp, remembering how great life had been in the palace and wondering “Lord, is this it? Did I peak at age 15 and now I am destined to live my life surrounded by the mundane?” Listen to David’s words in Psalm 13 and imagine his struggle with God:
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Maybe you can relate. Maybe you are in a season of your life where the adventure is gone and the mundane has become the norm. Do you ever ask the Lord- “Is this it? Is there not some great adventure, grand accomplishment or act of service you want from me? Did you forget me?” Does your heart hunger for more? Then let me ask you a couple of questions:
- Do you believe that the Lord can use ANYONE- even you- to accomplish His will?
- Are you willing to persistently and consistently ask the Lord to show you His will for your life?
- Will you check with scripture and Christian friends to affirm the direction you feel led to go?
If your answers were “yes” then open you heart to discovering the next peak the Lord has in store for you. God wasn’t done with David and He’s certainly not done with you. Your adventure may not have the prestige that David’s life held- that’s OK. You will be amazed at the adventure that comes with sitting with a sick friend, helping a neighbor find a job or showing up to a Bible study. How do you start? Listen to the last two verses of Psalm 13:
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
In the midst of David’s questions for God, he trusted the Lord’s unfailing love. Trust God. He can see the peaks He has waiting for you- just beyond your horizon. ave I already hit my peak?