Unlikely Heroes

Unlikely Heroes

I Samuel 16:1-13

“Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.”


I recently had the once in a lifetime experience of visiting Terry Bison Ranch in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The ranch was purchased by the first Territorial Governor of Wyoming, F. E. Warren, in 1885. Warren would go on to become Governor pf the state of Wyoming and then a U.S. Senator for 35 years. Friends like President Theodore Roosevelt and Brigadier General John “Blackjack “ Pershing visited the ranch frequently. Words can not begin to describe the beautiful blue skies and the fields dotted with the immense herd of bison.

Words fail to describe the amazing adventure of seeing a bison up close. When their massive 5 1/2 to 6 ½ foot tall, 2000 pound plus bodies came toward our train you were not sure if there was a collision what would give first, them or the train.  Nothing was getting between them and the buckets of feed we had to throw out to them. If they got close enough to eat out of your hand, their massive tongues gave you a bath that nearly reached your elbow.

Like David , a bison does not look like a hero or the number one pick for any race or competition. But heroes come from unlikely sources, and strength of character can be hidden in the most unlikely packages. In fact a bison can easily  sprint past a human and outrun most horses. They can run between 35- 45 miles per hour for extended periods of time. A bison can also turn quickly and have been known to jump vertically six feet. Not what you expect from a 2000+ pound beast.

When Samuel came to the house of Jesse

God sees the real me ( v1-13) the Hebrew word re’ah appears five times. It means to see the heart .  A desire for God.  Character

My only limits are his limits  I Samuel 17 David and Golliath.  The most unlikely the hero, the more the victory points to the God within.