If You Feel Like A Glitch
If you were to ask me after Jesus, who I’d want to meet in Heaven – I’d tell you David. Out of all the available brothers, God chose this humble shepherd boy to be king. (see 1 Sam. 16) Besides the fact that this story is amazingly prophetic to the lowly entrance of our Savior, there are other reasons I am drawn to the wise and poetic, strong stone-slinger. You see, before he became Saul’s bodyguard and harpist, before he wore a crown, David’s core identity was already in place. According to the Bible, he did not try to forge his own identity. He was placed out in the fields to protect the flock, and defend them he did.
I always wondered before standing in front of Goliath if David had to contend with doubt-filled phrases from the people around him. If he were to trek the streets today, do you think he’d be pressured to be something he wasn’t, like when Saul suggested his own burdensome armor? Like David, I’ve tried on other people’s identities for size and found them cumbersome, though at the time, I thought it would make me a better person.
My identity crisis came from feeling like a walking typo. Like there must be a glitch in my DNA code somewhere. Like the main character Jean, in The Emoji Movie, I just couldn’t quite get it together. Have you lived this way too? Maybe you are like Henry in Henry and the Chalk Dragon, unique talents leaving you misunderstood, or feeling lonely.
Unable to find someone like yourself, maybe you assume there’s something wrong with you. You live life wondering if you’ll ever be able to be fully be you without apology, shame, or confusion. For many years I tried to be everyone else.
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