The Next Genertion

Adam and Seth climbed up the small hill separating the camps of the Israelites and the Amorites.  As they approached the crown of the hill, the clanking sounds of war intensified.  Too young to be included in the army of Israel, they had been given permission to watch the conflict from an overlooking hill.

“So, how long do you think it will take for Israel to defeat the Amorites?” asked Seth.

“I just hope they win,” replied Adam,  “given the circumstances.  First, God told the Israelites to go into battle to take the land that had been promised to them, but they were afriad and refused.  Then God said that their whole unbelieving generation would die in the wilderness because of their unbelief.  So they changed their minds and decided to go into battle even though the Ark of the Covenant (the Presence of God) stayed in the camp and did not go with them.  How are they going to win without the Presence of God?  Tell me that, would you?”

Seth and Adam had reached the crest of the hill, and, to their astonishment they were in full view of the struggle below.  Falling to the ground,  they quickly slithered behind a rock and out of sight.  Had they been seen?

Almost in answer to this question, a spear appeared in the sky above them and lodged its point in the ground its shaft quivering with deadly energy.  “Was that spear meant for us?  Are they coming our way?”

Seth found a place beneath a shrub where he could lie unnoticed, and he began to narrate the battle.  “Our guys are being pushed back.  The Amortes are unleashing their archers.  A bevy of arrows just took to the air.   The arrows are arching over the conflict.  Now they are falling and hitting their marks.  Our soldiers are hit, falling, and writhing in pain.  How can they recover from such an attack?”

Adam crawled under a bush scraping his neck and arms.  Down in the fray he spotted his dad, Caleb, a captain in the conflict.  Caleb was scanning the ridges, looking for Adam.  Then a cloud of dust off to the left caught Adam’s eye.   Something else was coming.  He strained to make out the shapes inside the cloud.  Horses!  Horsemen in chariots with shields and spears!  He had to warn his dad.

He pulled out his knife.  The sun caught the shinny blade.  Adam focused the ray of sunlight on his dad in the fray below.   Once, twice, three times.  His dad seemed blinded by the glare, then realized that it was Adam trying to contact him.  Three flashes.  A prearranged signal:  Horses were coming!  Caleb raised his trumpet and blew the blasts signaling the retreat.

The Israelite army retreated in a cloud of dust, and the Amortes chased them all the way to Hormah.

Adam and Seth left their vantage point being careful to leave no evidence of their presence at the top of the hill.  As the returned to camp, Adam reminded them of God’s Word from the previous day.  God had said, “A whole generation will pass away, then victory will come.”

“Wow!”  Seth exclaimed.  “Our parents will not win this war, but our generation will!  We will serve our God, believe Him, and He will give the victory to us!  May we never forget this day and the lesson that it teaches:  victory comes from God!”

Based on Deuteronomy 1:19-46 NIV

To Baby Alanys

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My granddaughter, Alanys Lynn Campbell,  born May 11, 2016

Welcome to our world, precious little one!  We have been eagerly waiting for you.  Much has already happened in your life– long before your birth!  Let me explain!

Months ago your existence began in an act of love by your Creator and the love of your parents.  In the darkness and safety of your mother’s womb, our Heavenly Father designed you–carefully selecting from the smorgasbord of your parents’ DNA, your physical characteristics, your sex, your mental abilities, even your personality and preferences.  At the moment of your conception, the buds that will result in the later flowering of these characteristics were carefully picked by your Heavenly Father to perfectly equip you for the plan that He has for you.  This joining of traits that would make you unique had been decided long before the very foundation of the world when the all-knowing, perfect God laid out His plan for our world and the role that you would play in it.

In those early weeks a ball of cells defined your physical existence, but already you were a spirit-being created by God.  Protected and nourished by your mother’s body,  your cells multiplied according to the miraculous pre-arranged plan of the Creator.  A tiny heart appeared at five weeks, arms and legs at eight weeks, eyes at nine weeks.

By now your mother was aware of the changes in her body.  She felt nauseous and more tired than usual.  A sense of awe and anticipation also filled the hearts of your parents and all of us who anticipated your birth.  You were growing, developing, making your presence known!

By ten weeks your organs had formed and were already starting to function. Fingernails and toenails were forming!  At twelve weeks you had grown to an amazing two inches in length and weighed about half an ounce.

Sometime between sixteen and twenty weeks, your parents were able to tell by the use of an ultrasound whether you were a girl or a boy.  Your sex, like all of your characteristics, had been carefully selected by the all-knowing and perfect Creator to be one of your important, defining attributes in His grand master plan.

Around eighteen weeks your mother was able to feel you move and kick, further assuring her that you were growing and developing as you should.  Finally, around 36 weeks, you began to find your environment too constricting–too confining.  Your mother’s body began to position you for your birth–your entrance into the world.

Although you were conceived in love, you were birthed in pain.  Your mother toiled and suffered as you made your transition from “in utero” to “live!”  And now, here you are!  Your mother, father, and the medical professionals were all there to welcome you as you began the wonderful journey of learning what our  Creator and Father has planned for you.  His purposes, His will–they will all become clear as you seek Him.  Try never to deviate from His plan, but should you get misdirected or lost, He will always welcome you when you turn back to Him.  Blessings, little Alanys, as God’s plan for you unfolds!

1For You created my innermost being;
    You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the darkness.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in Your Book
    before one of them came to be.   Psalm 139:13-16 NIV

“I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,”

“plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV