The Importance of One and Many

“David struck them down from twilight until the evening of the next day, and not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men, who mounted camels and fled. David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and David rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken. David brought back all. David also captured all the flocks and herds, and the people drove the livestock before him, and said, ‘This is David’s spoil.’

Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow David, and who had been left at the brook Besor. And they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him. And when David came near to the people he greeted them. Then all the wicked and worthless fellows among the men who had gone with David said, ‘Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except that each man may lead away his wife and children, and depart.’ But David said, ‘You shall not do so, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us. He has preserved us and given into our hand the band that came against us. Who would listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage. They shall share alike.’” 1 Samuel 30:17-24 

The red caught my eye, a single bright vermillion bloom on the grey pavement. It was uniquely exquisite in its symmetry, shape, and yellow-painted edges, a star with wings, yet fragile in its delicacy. Then I looked up, and was enraptured by the magnificent grandeur of the canopy from which it had fallen. A regal umbrella of blooms, that royal poinciana tree consisted of hundreds of these extraordinary, single blossoms, each one adding bright wonder, all needed for the grand display.

Royal Poinciana in bloom

In a world where there is so much talent and talk, we might wonder where is our place. What if I did not show up? If one blossom were missing from that large tree, would it really matter? Yet, each is needed for the whole to have its full effect. 

When David set out to take over the marauding Amalekites and retrieve those and what they’d captured, each of his men made a contribution and a difference. Whether guarding their baggage, fighting the enemy, or hauling back the plunder, every man was necessary, valued individually and contributing to the victorious mission.

Some of us are called to influence a small circle– our neighborhood, team, or a group at church. Some are called to be active in a company, a community, or a city; still others to have a broader reach across a nation, or world-wide. Each one is significant, and together are part of God’s grand, unstoppable scheme.

What part do, or will, I play? Only God knows the specific flavor and color and action He has designed for me. He will direct when I seek Him, offer myself for His bidding, and report for service. (Psalm 32:8Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Lord, help me do my part willingly and faithfully to further Your glorious kingdom purposes.

One thought on “The Importance of One and Many”

  1. I love how you see, in the small, almost insignificant things, wonderful lessons, the glory of our Father’s Gifts, and convey them with eloquence and style. This too is a Gift from G-D.

    L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .


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