Before David became the rightful king over all of Israel, he was on the run for his life. King Saul became jealous of David and made several attempts to take David’s life. As a result, David ran.
His journey to preserve his life took him many places. He spent that season fleeing from town to town as he simply wanted to ensure his livelihood. He had no home or place to call his own – he was a wanderer and not by choice.
As time wore on, others became aware of David’s plight. They understood that David was being unjustly pursued and therefore was an outcast.
David was a broken man.
It was for that reason that something truly magnificent happened when he made yet another move.
“David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.” -1 Samuel 22:2
Did you catch it? All of those who were in distress, in debt or discontented flocked to David’s side.
They saw David’s struggle and related. They wanted to be with the man who they felt could understand their brokenness as well.
There is such a beautiful takeaway in this brief passage for you and me. When we share our brokenness, it impacts others. It gives others permission to let their guard down and be honest about their messes. Revealing our struggles allows us to come alongside one another and share in the deepest, most intimate moments of vulnerability.
I have a friend who does this. She’s quick to be real and vulnerable in how she struggles. And you know what that’s done for me? It’s made me flock to her. Hearing her share her challenges and trials has made me say, “me too.” And that’s caused me to reach out to her and has led to us consistently communicating about the challenges of motherhood.
And I am so grateful.
Her choosing to be honest in her brokenness made her attractive to me. I wanted to do life with her because at the core it was so comforting to be able to say, “me too.”
And that’s exactly what happened with David. All those broken people said, “me too,” when they joined David. They were able to relate and then rally together. They supported one another and held one another up.
Isn’t this the life Jesus has called us to?
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” –Galatians 6:2
Friend, if you’re struggling today with a brokenness that you’ve kept hidden, I’d encourage you to bring it into the light. You never know, there may be someone else waiting to say, “me too.”