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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: See (07/22/10)

TITLE: Point Of View
By Shirley McClay


I watched the fire blaze and flicker as I listened to the low voices of the other spies. It was our last night in Canaan.

“The fortification of the cities is impressive. Why, Jericho alone is inpenetrable.” I saw several nod in agreement.

“The sheep and goats are the highest quality and their milk is the creamiest I have ever tasted!” He smacked his lips as if he could taste it now.

“The soil is rich. So different than Egypt.” This man’s eyes widened as he remembered. “And the fruit… never have I seen such fruit.”

“Or tasted. I admit I expected such huge fruit to be watery and tasteless… or worse, bitter. But it’s sweeter than I expected.” It was said grudgingly.

One man licked his lips. “Speaking of sweet, there is yet another hollow tree dripping with honey. I had forgotten what fresh bread with honey tastes like.”

Joshua beamed at me. I had shared my concern with him… that few seemed to be eager to take this bountiful land… but the reports they shared now were for the most part very upbeat.

Then one of the men stood. I wrapped my arms around myself and dropped my eyes to watch the fire.

“What is Moses thinking? Did he lead us here to let us die in the hands of men worse than the Egyptians?” I sighed. This was the talk I had been overhearing. “Didn’t anyone else see those giants? Men several feet taller than the tallest Israelite. Arms bigger around than my body. Legs like trees. We watched them in secret but we all fled when they started worshiping their gods in orgies, child sacrifices, and sorcery.”

“Yes.” Another spoke. “I tried to steal the spear of one of the giants but I couldn’t even lift it.”

“And there are so many of them.” I shivered at the whiney sound of this voice.

“We have no weapons that would even chip those walls around Jericho. How can the Lord expect us to defeat such enemies?” Such a derisive tone. I stole a peek at Joshua. Instead of the righteous anger I expected… or even the discouragement I felt... he stared thoughtfully at the stars.

“I am afraid as well.” My head shot up along with the bushy eyebrows my brothers loved to yank to wake me up. “Yes… I see all you saw. The good and the evil. But has the Lord God not promised this land to us? He will make a way. He has said to me, ‘Do not fear.’ He has said it often.”

Joshua chuckled softly and scratched his chin through his beard. “Why does He need to repeat it so often? Because I am filled with fear and would choose to run and hide. But He also promises to be with us, to go before us, to encompass our path.” Now his eyes dropped back to us. They flicked from one man to the next. When he paused to look into my eyes, he smiled. “I say we enter the land and take it as the Lord shows. He will make a way.”

The next morning we cut a small tree and picked some of the finest examples of fruit. Grapes, pomegranates, and figs. We draped them over the sapling and it took all of us to carry it to the camp. I watched the others and listened as we walked. My heart sank when I realized that they had not seen things as Joshua and I. Their talk was of the giants and the cities with their fortifications. Jericho and the great walls around it. The masses of people and the warriors.

I had fallen in love with the land the Lord was providing, yet as I looked around, I felt as if I was saying goodbye. Joshua and I would face the giants with our people but would they be willing? I was afraid I was seeing the last glance of our promised land. Yet I knew, even in that, the Lord God would say…” Do not fear.”

Now… years later, Joshua and I are the only ones still alive from that day. Together, we stand before Jericho. The trumpets and shouts of our people are muffled as the very walls of Jericho crash down at our feet. I watch them crumble and remember my first sight of this city. The tears wash the dust of Jericho from my eyes as I rejoice to be here to see the last of it.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/31/10
This is a very believable and riveting retelling of that time. You did an outstanding job painting a vivid picture for the reader.
Laury Hubrich 08/02/10
Wow! You brought Caleb and Joshua alive. Very good writing. Excellent re-telling of this Biblical account.
Virgil Youngblood 08/02/10
You have written about one of my favorite stories in the Bible and made it a fun read. God plus you (or me)always have the majority vote.
AnneRene' Capp08/02/10
You drew me right into the story...I was there! Absorbed in every flicker of light to their fears of fighting the giants.
Rachel Phelps08/02/10
Great story for this topic and well executed! Loved the details that brought it to life.
Melanie Kerr 08/04/10
Excellent story telling. The line that really touched me was "I had fallen in love with the land the Lord was providing". It challenged me to think about the things of God that I need to fall in love with - those are the things I will fight for and treasure.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/04/10
I enjoyed the story very much as you demonstrated the hearts of Joshua and Caleb.
Lollie Hofer08/04/10
I enjoyed your take on this well-known Bible story. I like how you brought up the reality that Joshua and Caleb probably had some fears too but they knew God was greater than there fears and the giants.
Marita Thelander 08/04/10
I love a good re-telling of a familiar Bible Story.

I don't know if it was because I'm in a hurry to jet out the door for church or what, but I had trouble following who was saying what. I'll try to read it again later, but just in case that doesn't happen, I wanted to let you know I enjoyed it. Great take on the topic.

I better boogy on out now. :)
Edmond Ng 08/04/10
Very interesting read! Reflecting on what God has done for us in the past certainly helps to reassure us what He can do for the present and future.