Consider the story of David and Saul. Pay attention to the spear.

Saul was the king. He had a promising start, but began to fall short of his responsibilities. David was king-in-waiting, a man after God’s own heart. He was young, courageous, and principled. Saul was jealous of David. Public opinion for David was on the rise, and Saul was beginning to hate him. One day, Saul threw his spear at David, trying to pin him to the wall. David took the hint and ran away. David and his friends had to live as fugitives while Saul hunted them down. One would have thought that David would take every opporunity to find Saul and exact his revenge.

Finally, the opportunity came. Saul and his army were camped in a field with Saul protectively placed in the middle. God caused a deep sleep to fall over the camp so that David was able to enter and move right to Saul’s position. David’s officer made it clear by saying, “Today God has handed your enemy over to you. Let me thrust the spear through him into the ground just once. I won’t have to strike him twice!” Remember, that was the same spear that Saul had thrown at David earlier. But David knew that it was wrong to kill a man who had been anointed by God. He believed that God would one day bring him justice. He only took Saul’s spear as proof of what he could have done. He used it to show Saul that he wasn’t an enemy. He even gave the spear back at the end.

Eventually, God did take care of the situation. In a heated battle against the Philistines, Saul found himself all alone. Knowing that the end was near, he killed himself. How did he do it? He fell on his own spear. Yes, the same spear with which he had tried to kill David. It was the same spear that David borrowed from the camp – the spear with which David refused to kill Saul. That spear represents Saul’s crime, David’s self-control, and God’s vengeance.

Thsi story found here ….David and Saul


Things got a little hectic at the unit this week. I watched some very solid people start to become frantic. I knew that we would all have to pull it together to make it through this tough time. My supervisor came by and in their silence I could tell they had a tornado racing between their ears. When they expressed that they were ready to give up, I said. “Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance it is best to keep peddling. If you stop, it takes a lot more to get started again.”

Later, when things got frantic, this person (supervisor) asked, “What words of wisdom do you have for this…?” I looked at them and stated, “There is a handle on a knife and then there is the blade. Always stay sharp. (Supervisors are the handle that drive the blade) Then there is the tip of the spear, those who always dive into battle first.

With that being said, Where I work, many of our supervisors are brave souls that run toward the kaos without any idea what they are going to run into. My hats off to them. We, the officers may be the tip of the spear (or blade) but it is the handle that drives the blade in, to finish the job.

When you look at a knife you see the blade and the handle, it is the combination that makes the knife. Where I work, it is a comfort to know that my supervisors have a firm grip on the handle and handle situations in a superb manner. Art~


courage is being scared to death and saddling up any way

John Wayne