Just Who Was...
There is a wonderful little story in 2 Samuel of how, once he had established his kingdom, David decided to bring the Ark of God to Jerusalem. Unfortunately, in his enthusiasm he missed the fact that God said the Ark must be carried and David put it on a cart. As the cart went over a rock Uzzah put out a hand to stop it falling and was instantly struck down by God. God's holiness is not up for negotiation. Unsure of what to do next, David sent the Ark to the home of Obed-Edom and while the Ark was there God blessed Obed-Edom mightily. Eventually David heard about this, and had the Ark carried into Jerusalem.
It's a nice little story, but it's the consequences that I want us to focus on because, if we look in Chronicles we find Obed-Edom on two more occasions. The first is in 1 Chronicles 15 where we find Obed-Edom listed among the Levites whom David appointed to sing and play music before the Lord. Here we find that Obed-Edom was both a harpist and a door-keeper before the Ark. In 1 Chronicles 26 we are told of Obed-Edom's sons who were also door-keepers before the Lord.
Who was Obed-Edom? Well, no-one really. Who was the woman who anointed Jesus feet with perfume and then wiped them with her hair? Or, who was the little boy who gave up his lunch so that Jesus could feed the 5,000? Or who was the man carrying water, who let the disciples into the upper room and helped them prepare their Last Supper? Who were Joseph and Matthias and what qualities could they offer when the Apostles needed a replacement for Judas? We could go on.
In years to come, someone may well decide to write the history of our Church, and as they read various names entered in registers they will ask "Who was so'n'so?" and that question may be difficult to answer.
Who was Saint George? The truth is, we may never know. He may have been a soldier; he may have refused to fight, and he may have been martyred as a result. What we can say for certain is that, in his own time and as circumstances presented themselves to him, he did his utmost to be faithful to the God whom He loved. In the end, that's all we can do: be faithful to God in whatever situation we find ourselves in. Whether people remember us as saints in the future is up to them. The only accolade we really need is the one from Jesus that says: "Welcome home, good and faithful servant".
2 Samuel 6:1-15,
1 Chronicles 15:16-26, 26:1-8
Are you serving God as well as you can, or is there room to improve?