Some people will go to the ends of the earth to own land.
Yesterday on CNN, there was a story about 44 people who came from all over the United States to converge upon tiny Anderson, Alaska. They came to claim one of the 26 plots of land that the city had offered to anyone who would pay a $500 deposit and agree to build a house on their new lot within two years.
I know how those people felt.
My name is Acsah. My father, Caleb is a great soldier of the Hebrew people. As the daughter of a career soldier, I moved from place to place as a child. I always longed to stay in just one place. When I became old enough to marry, my father promised me to whichever man was bold enough to capture the town of Kiriath Sepher. My cousin, Othniel led his army into battle and captured this town, so he became my husband.
I donít want to complain about my husband. He has many wonderful qualities, and he is a devout man. But when my father gave us some dry, parched land in Negev for our wedding gift Othniel didnít want to challenge him. He said that he did not want to anger my father. But land is precious to one who traveled so much as a child. I want to build a home; I want to raise children and plant a garden. That never would have happened with the land we had received. So I asked Othniel to go to father for the adjoining parcel of land.
He would not. He did not want to risk angering my father. He knew of my dream of a home and a family, yet he would not brave my fatherís wrath. He still canít get over being married to his cousin, and being the son-in-law of a great commander.
My dream would not die, so I went to my father. I asked him for the land next to mine; land that was well-irrigated. My father smiled indulgently and gave me the land; now my dream can finally come true.
I saw in the news story that many who came to Anderson, Alaska had their own dreams. Those who chose to brave the sub-zero temperatures and venture to a town which doesnít have any gas stations, grocery stores or traffic lights got an ideal place to construct a home. The town residents say that it offers a great place for snowshoeing, skiing or moose hunting, and its slopes are decorated with lovely spruce and cottonwood trees. Because of their offer of free land, the town now has a population of 326.
I wish the new Alaskans well. I will lift a goblet of Negev wine to them, as I begin my spring planting. As one land owner to another, may Yahweh bless your lives.
based on a story found in Joshua 15:16-19 & a news report read at www.wgal.com
The tone of your writing during the part of your story that was in biblical times was great! I felt as though I was taken back into time and then brought back again. Thank you for this piece of writing!