I like to use what my pastor would call my "sanctified imagination". Have you ever used it? Have you ever been reading your Bible and just let your mind go?
For me, this tends to happen when I'm reading about people not too much is known about. And one of my absolute favorites is found in 1 Samuel 14.
Here's how my imagination goes for the story of:
Jonathan and his Armor-Bearer
If you've read my book, you know what an armor-bearer is. It's the original word for a squire. It's a young man who carries his master's armor and, in general, cares for his personal needs. Prince Jonathan definitely needed one and, by all accounts, he seemed to made a fabulous choice.
As always, the Israelite are at war with the Philistines. And Prince Jonathan is a man of valor who has boundless faith in his Almighty Jehovah God. Valiant as he is, his suggestion seems almost casual.
Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bear his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other side.
Not your every-day suggestion. "Come on, let's go check out our enemies' fort! No need for an army - just the two of us will go!"
Obviously, Jonathan's armorbearer was very confident in his master's impulses. Scripture gives no indication that he made the slightest protest to this rather daring idea.
But it gets worse.
And Jonathan said to the young man that bear his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint with the LORD to save by many or be few.
Wow! Prince Jonathan is a man of incredible faith! Most soldiers don't calmly suggest that they and a buddy run over to a well-fortified garrison and hint they might overthrow it.
Could you imagine our response to a command like that? If we were the armorbearer, our response would probably be a blank stare, followed by some pretty legitimate (and protesting) questions.
"What? You got to be crazy! Me and you? You want us to just go up to the garrison? Prince Jonathan, I think you are forgetting that I am just a youth! And there are only two of us!"
But....that wasn't the armorbearer's response! I get goosebumps, just reading his courageous and loyal response.
And his armorbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.
What a response! Plain and simple: "I am with you wherever you go. Whatever is in your heart, even risking our lives, is my desire. Lead and I will follow."
(In case you didn't know, Jonathan's armorbearer is one of the first people I want to meet when I get to heaven! I want to ask him what it was like, following his master into a battle of such tremendous odds.)
The rest of the story? Prince Jonathan and his armorbearer went up to the garrison and killed twenty men (in hand-to-hand combat!). In the chaos, the Lord sent an earthquake and the Philistines ended up turning on each other. Seeing what looked like an easy victory, Saul and the others assembled themselves to battle and, as Scripture says, So the LORD saved Israel that day.
Read the story for yourself and let your sanctified imagination go. Think about the valor of Prince Jonathan and especially of his armorbearer. Working in unity, with their hearts knit fully together, they overcame impossible odds and wrought salvation through the LORD for Israel.
What little-known person in the Bible do you wonder about?