When you feel like you are on top of the world and everything is going your way, you might find yourself believing that anything is possible. On the other hand, when personal struggles weigh you down and your security blankets fray, you may start to doubt yourself, your direction, and whether anything good lies ahead.
The video we are about to watch shows someone who seemed to be on top of the world—David Leonard of the popular worship duo All Sons and Daughters—shares about a time of uncertainty with the direction his life was going and challenges he was facing. Let’s watch.
Play the following video For your students [4:20]:
David Leonard | ‘Features on Film with Andrew Greer’
- What challenges were weighing David down? (Accept all reasonable answers, from professional to personal struggles, questions of identity, dealing with loss and uncertainty.)
- What did he seek and what did he find to help him believe in God’s hand on his life again? (Accept all reasonable answers. He sought out time and space for quiet contemplation. What he found was not a mapped out plan, but a moment of being seen.)
The rest of the interview with David reveals that he recently recorded a solo album and had a baby girl. In that moment in the desert, he didn’t know that things would work out this way, but he learned that God was not ignoring him and would work things out somehow.
- Are you an eternal optimist or a born skeptic? What does it take for you to trust someone or something? (Answers will vary. Accept all reasonable answers.)
- In life we like assurances, collateral, and contracts. Should it be that way with God? (Accept all reasonable answers. God does make and keep promises and can handle our questions and offer signs. But because of who God is and what He’s shown us before, we can believe without seeing.)
In today’s story, God is showing up for Gideon and His people after years of hard times, but Gideon is struggling to believe how God can do what He says He will. Though God’s presence with him might have been enough, Gideon asks for more and more signs. Let’s explore this exchange and see what it might say about God and us.