Michelangelo’s David

When my family and I were in Italy earlier this year, we had the opportunity to see Michelangelo’s sculpture of David in Florence.  He carved it between 1501 and 1504.

Our tour guide encouraged us to look at his face and eyes.  Take a look at the picture below:



This is a depiction of David before his battle with the giant Goliath.  You can see the concentration in his eyes, and you can perceive that his mind is working.  The outcome is yet unknown; Goliath could strike down David with one blow from his sword while David is armed with a sling shot.

Yet, David goes out on the field nonetheless.  He goes into the unknown to encounter the enemy before him.  And, ultimately, he is victorious.

It is true that slingers were a much-used military arm in the ancient world.  The sling shot David used was a military instrument, not a child’s toy.

But, this doesn’t diminish David’s bravery.  He still took the field when no one else would.  He took a chance on the unknown.  He battled someone much stronger and more menacing than himself.

Behind those eyes must have been a recognition of the unknown outcome, fear, and doubt.  Yet, David still took the field.  I find this encouraging.