“In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.” — 2 Samuel 11:1
In a game not long ago, our team was clicking on all cylinders. Defensively and offensively, we were rolling. As the other team felt the momentum swinging heavily in our favor, their coach called a timeout to regroup. In our huddle, we decided to turn up the heat and made plans to come out of the break in a full-court press and try to put the opponent away for good.
Unfortunately, one of our players had left the huddle and gone after his Gatorade. He came out of the timeout, walked onto the floor, and promptly jumped into the wrong defense. While the rest of his teammates were playing a full-court zone press, he dropped back into a half-court man-to-man defense. The press was easily broken, a basket was scored and our momentum was stalled, all because someone wasn’t where they were supposed to be — in the huddle.
Life can be like that sometimes. King David did that one time with grave consequences. Read 2 Samuel 11 and you will see what transpired after he made the soft choice to stay home when he should have been out with his troops.
It has been said the most underrated ability is availability. This passage certainly backs that idea up. When life is going well, we can get complacent. When life is hard, we can get discouraged. In either scenario, God would have us do the next right thing and keep showing up to church, to practice, to class, to work or for our family, and be available to Him to embrace our role as a part of His master plan.
— Frick Frierson
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