Vicar’s Reflection: 24th June 2018, 12th Ordinary Sunday
The story of David and Goliath has been retold in many ways with different characters and is perhaps itself a retelling of ancient stories such as Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare. As a story it is the classic struggle between the small and weak versus the big and strong. There are later versions of this type of story such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Pilgrim’s Progress, Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild things are’, all the way to Hollywood’s Karate Kid. Whenever someone relatively powerless faces off against a powerful foe the story of David and Goliath is seldom far from mention. The reason is clear, we all face foes and forces, whether persons or situations that are powerful, overwhelming, even monstrous. Jesus and his disciples faced a sudden powerful storm on the sea of Galilee as they crossed to the other side. David placed supreme confidence in God and relied on his God-given natural abilities honed to a high level through his other role as a shepherd and protector of sheep. This combination enabled him to overcome the enemy Goliath, despite his size and fearsome appearance. These stories guide us to two sources of strength, firstly to look to God and secondly to look deeply within ourselves, just as the disciples on the lake looked to Jesus but also used their skill as sailors to bring them to safety. This combination gives us the power to overcome. May God give you resourcefulness and courage to face your giants, monsters and storms.