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Topic: Predicament (03/01/12)
TITLE: Insurmountable Odds
By David Schon
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“Lieutenant, Report!” the Commander beckoned.
I didn’t know where to begin. The enemy encampment was like a city, the soldiers had appeared as numerous as the grains of sand on a beach from my vantage point. There was no way out of this. They were preparing for attack and we were far too few. We would surely be overrun. This would be my last day on earth. I would never get the chance to meet my new son. My wife had just gotten word to me that he had arrived and I yearned to see them both.
“Out with it Lieutenant.”
“Sir, they are just so many. Our recon unit observed a well-armed contingent numbering in the 10s of thousands. They are encamped 15 klicks up the valley to the north. Sir, they are preparing for attack. We will be overwhelmed. Why…”
“Just the report Lieutenant, let’s leave the commentary to the Lord. We will take 3 companies of 100 men each. I’m putting you in charge of one company. We will advance on the enemy’s position at first light. Those are my orders, dismissed.”
I couldn’t help but think, as much as I respected this man, he has to be insane. All the death and destruction he has seen has finally taken its toll. He claims that God talks to him, even says he has seen the Angel of the Lord. I was in no position to question, mine was to do or die. We had Three hundred men going up against thousands. Why, when we could have called up thousands more to try and even the odds? We were all certain of our destiny. We would be lying in pools of our own blood by days end.
It was a long march but we found ourselves overlooking the enemy hordes camped in the valley below. We waited for the darkness to come and conceal our movements. Confirming my suspicions of his mental state, our leader outfitted us with lights and trumpets and led the way to the enemy line. The 3 companies took positions around the camp and at the signal we all blew our horns and let our lights shine. There erupted such confusion in the camp that they turned on one another. The slaughter was on a scale that I have never seen on the battlefield and hope never to see again. Those remaining fled for their lives as we pursued.
That was a lesson in faith. Gideon had faith that God would protect his children. Only God could accomplish what He told Gideon to do. We did nothing but allow God to work through us. I will not doubt God again after seeing with my own eyes how God can deliver us from an insurmountable situation. When the Lord leads, I will follow. I will teach my son what I have experienced so he will grow strong in the Lord, a man of faith such as Gideon.
*A fictitious account of a historical event
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