“Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again.”
Anyone who has ever done any public speaking knows the feeling of concern about whether or not their presentation will be shown correctly, or will the audio-visual work with our laptops, etc.? It’s a bit like going into anything without your own “stuff”. It just makes everything harder and it takes our confidence down. I wonder if this isn’t going to be a part of how we feel when we go back into a new office protocol or into any place where it sill be all new and demand us to go outside of our expected patterns. And it’s not only physical “stuff”, it’s also in how we have to adapt to the changes of how we respect and treat one another. None of this is easy, but it’s part of how we are going to have to get ready going forward.
Little David slayed Goliath with none of the armor and battle gear he was given. He beat the giant with what he knew and what he had already. So often we can feel like we aren’t ready or prepared for the challenges in front of us, but if we trust in God, look around at what we already have, we might find we are better prepared than we think. God never made it that we had to have what others have, but rather that with Him, we can overcome with just what He gives us.
Reference: 1 Samuel 17:38-39 (New Living Translation)