Shuffling and stammering, not looking him in the eye, Mephibosheth said,
"Who am I that you pay attention to a stray dog like me?"
David then called in Ziba, Saul's right-hand man, and told him,
"Everything that belonged to Saul and his family, I've handed over to your
master's grandson. You and your sons and
your servants will work his land and bring in the produce, provisions for your
master's grandson. Mephibosheth himself,
your master's grandson, from now on will take all his meals at my
table." Ziba had fifteen sons and
"All that my master the king has ordered his servant," answered Ziba,
"your servant will surely do."
And Mephibosheth ate at David's
table, just like one of the royal family.
Mephibosheth also had a small son named Mica. All who were part of Ziba's household were
now the servants of Mephibosheth.
Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, taking all his meals at the king's table. He was lame in both feet.
you go back to the first part of the chapter you find that this story of
Mephibosheth actually begins with Jonathan.
Jonathan was always a loyal friend to David and David wanted to repay
that loyalty. So, David was looking for
a way to honor his best friend after Saul's death and this is what he chose to
THINK: Pause to become aware of how you relate to
what is unfolding here. Which character
do you identify with, if any? Why?
when I read this, I identified with Mephibosheth. I have been the recipient of much kindness
over the past year and a half, and have found myself saying, many times: "Who am I that you pay attention to a
stray dog like me?" I'm not lame,
like Mephibosheth, but I feel like I've got enough baggage to make anyone
second guess taking on a stray such as myself.
PRAY: Read the story a second time, being aware of
memories, thoughts, or ideas it triggers.
Read it one last time, listening for how the story's message about
honoring others relates to what it in you today. Spend time meditating on what you discover.
reading the story a second time, I found myself thinking, "Well, who could
I honor, in my current situation?"
I don't have much monetarily that I could pass on, but surely this
passage can extend beyond monetary or material blessings.
it's hard to bust out of the habit of always being taken care of and into the
habit of helping others. It can be
equally as hard to be the one being taken care of when you are used to being
the one doing the caring for. I have
found myself in both situations over this past year or so. I prefer to be the one doing the caring
for. Usually. But, sometimes, it's easy to fall into the
trap of thinking you have nothing to give when you are in a situation where God
seems to have taken "everything" from you. What I’m seeing is that, though I don't have
much, I still have myself, my time, compassion, patience, and kindness that I
can give to others. And, often times,
those gifts can be even more valuable than anything monetary.
LIVE: Ask God if there is something he is
specifically inviting you to do based on your reading today. Is there anything standing in your way of
responding? Explore it with God. Talk to him about what holds you back form
following him completely.
I was getting ready for church this morning, I was thinking about this passage,
and more-or-less, asking God to show me what it meant, or if there was someone
that I could honor today. I have to
admit: when I first read this passage, I
had an idea of someone I could honor.
This lady is one that has been hard for me to get to know because, in my
experience, she can be a bit on the clingy side. Today, I had a chance to serve her. And, there was a new family at our church
(they sat right behind me in the church service), who had a child in my Sunday School
class, that I was able to serve and greet.
My goal was to help them feel welcome.
I hope they did. And I hope I
wasn't the only one. But, I was to be
obedient to God's urging, whether He urged anyone else that same direction or
Lord, help me to remember that my situation, my circumstances are never so dire
that I cannot reach out and honor others by choosing to put myself on the back
burner for a while.