"I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings" (Psalm 61:4, NIV).
In a time where all he seem to be an expert on was 'flocks' and 'fighting,' David understood from where true strength and rest existed. It was during the days of being overlooked in his father's fields tending the sheep that he began to discover who he really was. Overlooked and underestimated by his family, he had been targeted and apointed by God for a greatness he could have never imagined. It was during the alone times in the field that he connected with God, his maker, his creator, and the lover of his soul in an intimacy that could never be matched by any of the accolades he would ever achieve.
David's relationship with God was anchored in an authenticity of desire, never to be diluted by a fatiguing sense of duty. David knew that his greatest strength and rest would be found in the presence of God and in the shadow of His wings.
There are undoubtedly times when you have felt completely disregarded, lonely, overlooked, and considered "put out to pasture" by those you had been certain were on your side. Choose not to give into fear. The One who created you is the One who has called you. He sees all that is within you, because it was His masterful hands that formed your purpose, and it was His lungs that breathed that purpose into your being. See the "alone times" as "your time" to connect with God on a level that is not diluted by duty, but is ingnited by a desire to know that One that has always known you.
In Him you will find the strength and the rest for the journey ahead. It's in Him you will discover a "new song" when hope seems deferred. It's in Him that you will be discovered by those who once forgot you existed. The purpose God has placed in you will be revealed through you. Take the time to connect with Him. See Him as your strength and your rest. Pursue His presence and find shelter in the shadow of all He is.