If you’ve ever felt trapped where you are in life, there are two main options to handle it: you can become depressed and discouraged, or you can open your heart to recognize God’s purpose in it. 

This is not it for you. There is a larger plan. David, a shepherd boy, was out in the fields day-by-day tending his father’s sheep. Reasonably, he may have wondered if this was all there was for his life, but he constantly set his heart on God. 

After rejecting Saul as King over Israel, God called Samuel to travel to anoint the new King He had selected—one that had a heart like His. The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 

As Samuel met with Jesse, he was presented seven of his sons, but God denied each one. There was one son left, but he was out tending sheep. As David was brought in to see Samuel, the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Samuel took the horn of oil and poured it over David, anointing him in front of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.  

David began as the servant and became the ruler over a nation. He was faithful tending sheep and was later granted a nation. 

Did David immediately become king? No! Did David receive an instruction manual on being king? No! Samuel anointed him and left! David came in from the field, was told he was going to be king, and then he returned to the sheep.  

David’s season of hibernation was not yet over, there was still a waiting period. The purpose of hibernation is to conserve energy, and God used it in David’s life to get him ready for what was to come. Humbly, obediently, quietly, he continued tending his father’s fields, but he knew something was stirring; he knew there was something more.   

God developed in him the character of a king. 

To be anointed means God has seen the heart in you, but character is only acquired. This period of slowness or waiting in your life is not without purpose, and if you rise each morning allowing God to reveal it to you, the struggle of not knowing and feeling trapped will be replaced with hope and motivation. As you may have the heart to do something big in your life, you must also acquire the character of the same—just as David did.  

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1