I’ve never really followed the life of Kathie Lee, but her beautiful testimony that she shared on the Today show the other day had me in tears. She shared a beautiful tribute to her husband who passed away on Sunday. If you have not watched….Here is the link.
She shared about the stones, and how the stones have had significant meaning in their lives. When each of their children went to college, they gave them a stone, and said to them ” where you going to throw your stone for the kingdom of God? What is your stone and where are you going to throw it?”
Stones are often mentioned in the Bible, and stones are used to reflect different things. Sometimes a stone is used to describe a persons strength or resilience (like Peter), sometimes its used as a sign of remembrance, and many times as a reference to Jesus.
I want to focus on the stone that David had though. The small stone that took down the giant.
Cliff notes version (but I encourage you to read the story here The Story of David and Goliath) David did not do anything special. He was young, too young to be in the army that fought against the Philistines. However from an early age he developed courage and fighting skills while tending the flocks. When he heard of Goliath he volunteered to fight him. We all know the rest of the story…
“Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.” 1 Samuel 17:49
David did not do anything special….he wasn’t anyone extraordinary. He was just an ordinary shepherd boy, who developed and courageously used what God gave him to do extraordinary things. His success made him popular in Israel and he ended up becoming King after Saul…all because he used what was given to him.
What has been given to you? What is your stone? Think about it…what is around you… your husband… your children…your neighbors… your co-workers… your classmates…. those that you serve in ministry…?
As Kathee Lee challenges…”What is the gift that only I can do in this world to make it a better place? And then spend the rest of your life trying to throw it well.”
Your stone may seem so small, but it was a stone that brought down the giant…