It is basic in human nature for us to identify with others that we admire; more often it is that it’s only parts of that subject that we admire. We conveniently separate good from bad.
Our focus changes as we age; whether it be the Tom Sawyer or Nancy Drew of the very elder generation, or Harry Potter or the Sue Storm of the comics. We have mulled over the historic figures. They may have been subjects of our dreams. They are the ones who challenge our imaginations so that we identify or sublimate ourselves through them.
Who then might it be – that you have settled upon as your most frequent “to be or not to be”? Setting aside celebrity and secular icons, who might be the “Biblical One”. For me, it would be King David; he certainly contained, in his much larger self, smaller and often regrettable parts of me. He was an impetuous daredevil, at bit crazy at times, a champion of lost causes, a musician-poet-warrior and at worse; a sinner of some magnitude.
He was bizarre in many ways, but he must have actually existed; most everything said must be true; because no one would deliberately invent a national hero so deeply flawed. We look upon most of our heroes and love them beyond reason and our feelings are somewhat tribal in nature. We form fan clubs.
When we speak of a hero being “unsung” is pretty antithetical. We tell stories, sing and celebrate their exploits. We build them ourselves.
This post prefaces and introduces a short series of accountings of David’s love and languish, purity and poetic nature, and of his fallen, but forgiven failings. Parts have been deliberately censored to protect the innocent. If you will bear with me a few posts you may find, as I have, yourself there – not in a dream, but in fact, to one degree or another. These brief stories and observations will end with a not surprising resolution; that of God’s fundamental part in all triumph, failure, humiliation, and ultimate destiny in our lives.
Has God made you just like someone? What is he (she) like? Remember we are known by the company we keep.