My secret was tightly locked up in my little box. I had worked diligently for weeks to prepare for this day—the Pinewood Derby.
When we entered the building, we could sense the excitement among the racers. The big track was set up, and the judges were taking their places.
Years before, my brothers developed a family secret for the axle system of these little cars that were carved out of a little block of wood. The process was the same every year. You must overcome every contestant to reach that final race. There were no shortcuts.
If you don’t overcome the smaller challenges of life, you never make it to the final race. Many of the tests in life, if overcome, qualify us for the bigger much more significant ones.
David was pursuing the Amalekites who had stolen everything he and his army owned including their wives and children. He was going to the enemy’s camp to take back everything.
“David and the six hundred men with him came to the Besor Valley, where some stayed behind. Two hundred of them were too exhausted to cross the valley, but David and the other four hundred continued the pursuit” (1 Sam. 30:9-10, NIV).
Life has a way of disqualifying the half-hearted. Consider the 200 who were too exhausted to cross Besor. They missed that “final race” probably because they had not conditioned themselves like the other 400. The 200 had no testimony of victory to tell their children. They did not witness how David and his men snuck up on a drunk army and took back everything. It must have been humbling when their wives and children were brought to them.
Don’t underestimate the small challenges of life. They are often the prerequisite for the glorious challenges. God has victory for you every step of the way. Don’t get stuck at Besor.
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”—Isaiah 41:13, NIV