When Jo and I were in college, we were part of a group of about 8-10 who used to do things together. Occasionally, we would head over to Carter Caves State Park (KY) and do what most, if not all, parents would have been appalled at: we “visited” caves. Loosely translated that means we climbed through caves. We were dumb and foolish and reckless. The only equipment we had were baseball caps and flashlights. No ropes. No hardhats with lights. No climbing equipment. We wore jeans, sweatshirts, tennis shoes and not much else. We didn’t even tell people where we were going. We were, literally, a bunch of college students with a big “S” stamped across our forehead. We crawled through caves, holes, water, gunk, bat poop, small spots, large spots, you name it, all in the name of fun and excitement. I can honestly one thing:
YOU. WOULD. NOT. CATCH. ME. DOING. THAT. TODAY. UNDER. ANY. CIRCUMSTANCE!
Professionals call it spelunking. I call it (today) stupid. I think back and wonder How in the world did I do that? Why did I do that? How did I fit through spaces? Bats? You have got to be kidding me.
In real life, caves can be a part of life. Some live in a cave emotionally and spiritually. It is not fun. Some live deeper than others. I have had those times when I felt like I was in a hole, but I know some who spend a long time in their cave.
My sermon Sunday is when David spent some time in a cave. It was called Adullam. He had hit rock bottom. He lost his job, his wife, his home, his counselor, his closest friend, and his self-respect. He was a man on the run. (Yeah, I know you cued that PM song right about now). But, the really cool side of this is while David was in a cave (a downside), his cave experience also had an upside. Check out here and here how David felt about the cave. Those are honest emotions. But what he finds out is that God has not abandoned him. I Samuel 22:1 tells us that when his brothers and his father’s household heard about his state of affairs, they went to him. Can you imagine? His brothers? God also brought 400 men to come alongside him.
DAVID FOUND OUT HE WAS NOT ALONE!
And that was huge. Because of these people, David emerged from his cave primed and ready for his task. I don’t believe for a minute he thought it was going to be easy, but I do believe he went at his task with more confidence and strength than before. He emerged from the cave with a greater understanding of God’s mercy and purpose for his life.
Have you ever been in a cave before? How did you deal with it? How did you come out of it? Thanks for praying for us this weekend. Friday is my day off so while I will approve comments, I will not have time to respond immediately. Thanks for commenting though.