Daily Worship

One foot in front of the other

June 17, 2018 0
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1 Samuel 16: 1-13

1 The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.’ 2 Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.’ And the Lord said, ‘Take a heifer with you, and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.” 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.’ 4 Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, ‘Do you come peaceably?’ 5 He said, ‘Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.’ And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.’ 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’ 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ 10 Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lordhas not chosen any of these.’ 11 Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.’ 12 He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.’ 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Samuel is grieving. The last thing he wants to do is leave his misery and move on with his life. But move on he must, for God is ready to anoint another king. Ramah is about 8 miles from Bethlehem, he will be away from his usual place, the usual activities, and the usual people – if he pays attention the walk is where Samuel will begin to heal, it is where he will let go, it is where he will be prepared for his next task, and where he will commune with God. 

Sometimes we are crippled with grief, with loss, with fear, it seems we are helpless. Saint Augustine said, “Solvitur ambulando.” In English, "it is solved by walking." 

Put one foot in front of the other, and do it again, and again and again and before you know it, you’ll be on your pilgrimage of wholeness with God as your Companion.


Help me, Lord, help me to put one foot in front of the other knowing that it is your footprints that I walk in, knowing that you are carrying me and loving me constantly. Amen.