Today’s reading about David always reminds me of the story of Cinderella. When the prince comes to try the slippers on her step-sisters in the more violent versions of the fairy tale, the mother of those sisters actually cuts their feet in order to make them fit into the slipper. Prince Charming notices blood, or at least that the poor ladies were limping. Cinderella’s older step-sisters shed their own blood to try to save themselves and have themselves approved by the prince.
God corrects the seven sons of Jesse as well as the prophet Samuel, “God does not look at appearances, but at the heart.” Those who were strong in appearance, experienced, who exuded confidence, were rejected by God. He chose the young, humble David to become king of his people in place of Saul.