2 Samuel 18:9 Now Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s head got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.
“Young man, you need a haircut!” Ever hear you mom say that to you? I wonder if Absalom’s mom ever told him the same thing, because short hair really would have been advantageous to him in this moment. Here he is, in the midst of battle, and his hair gets caught in some tree branches. That’s unfortunate.
The whole scenario is a little Jerry Springer if you ask me. Absalom was the king’s son who took over the throne from his dad. Then he slept with all his dad’s concubines. That’s just getting a little weird. And now, here he is –riding a… wait for it… mule. What in the world is the new king of Israel doing riding a mule? Is that the best he could come up with?
So there he is, left hanging by his hair while his mule keeps going. He’s just hanging there by his hair. I can hardly imagine how painful that must have been, yet alone picture his struggle to get loose. I wonder if he was trying to cut his hair with his sword when Joab approached. I wonder what was going through his mind when Joab stabbed him to death.
He was just hanging out there, completely vulnerable. That’s what happens when we choose to follow our own selfish plans, rather than the Lord’s. You see, Absalom wasn’t anointed by God to be king. David was. Absalom set his own course and determined his own future. In the end, it left him hanging out there and resulted in his death. Whose plans will you follow today? Choose the Lord’s and walk in His protection!