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Topic: Bouncebackability (06/05/14)
TITLE: The Victory
By Diane M. Bowman
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The blast of trumpets. The sound of an alarm. The call to war.
Day was just beginning to dawn in Rephidim as Keturah peeked from under her blanket in the corner of her parents' tent to see her father slip out and join the other men. She was only five and five wasn't very big but it was big enough to understand more than the adults around her realized.
Last night, after her parents thought she was asleep, she had laid and listened to the sound of the rise and fall of their hushed voices as they discussed the events of the day.
"Caleb," Keturah's mother sounded concerned, "Have you heard the rumors? When I was getting water, the women were saying something about the Amalekites attacking. Is that true?"
"It's true, Azubah. They attacked some stragglers who were too weak and exhausted to keep up with the rest of the camp. It makes me angry that they would prey on the most vulnerable. If they take on the feeblest of us, they take on all of us."
"What do you mean? Will we fight against them?" Azubah's voice shook.
"Of course." Caleb responded emphatically. "In fact, Joshua asked me to join the group of men who he will lead to fight them tomorrow. Moses is going stand on the top of the hill where everyone can see him and hold high the rod of God, the symbol of His power. Don't worry; with God on our side, we'll win. His power is much greater than what little strength the Amalekites have."
Keturah's little body quivered with fear. What if her daddy was hurt in the battle? She laid still and prayed as she listened to her parents implore God for safety and victory. No, five years old wasn't very big but it was big enough to pray. God hears little girls too, doesn't He?
Finally, after what felt to Keturah like hours, her mother shook her to wake her. At Keturah's desperate pleading, she agreed to allow her to go along with the women to watch the battle. No, five years old wasn't very big, but it was big enough to witness the power of God.
From their vantage point on the hillside, they could see Moses high on the opposite hill as well as watch the progress of the battle. Keturah peered around her mother's skirt. As much as she wanted to see what was happening, it's hard to watch a battle when you're only five and especially when you know your daddy is one of the men fighting.
She cheered along with the rest when the men prevailed, silently listened to the clang and crash of swords when the Amalekites took the lead. She shouted with joy again as Israel bounced back. "Mom, do you see? When Moses lifts up the rod of God, we win. When he gets tired and lets his hand drop, we start to lose. Why doesn't someone help him keep his hands up?"
Azubah smiled and stooped down, "Look. Do you see Aaron and Hur?" She pointed to the opposite hill. "I think they have the same idea you did. They even gave him a rock to sit on."
Keturah sighed with contentment as she climbed under her blanket that night. Her daddy was safe and Israel had seized the victory. She was only five and five wasn't very big but she had learned some big lessons that day: When we hold His power high over the battles in our lives, God will fight for us and He always wins. His power will cause us to bounce back from defeat. When we're tired and can't hold our arms up anymore, ask for help. Find a Rock to rest on. And the last and best lesson: Victory is worth the fight.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (Revelation 3:21 KJV)
Author's note: This story was taken from the account in Exodus 17:8-13
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