Monday, June 3, 2013

A Matter of Inches, Seconds and Miracles

The moment
you're ready to
quit is usually the
moment right
before the
Don't give up.
Often, in scripture, we read about large miracles. The Egyptian chariots are approaching, Moses and the Israelites have their backs to the Sea of Reeds, and suddenly the waters split. The Hollywood version barely gives us a hint of how spectacular it really was!
Yet we can also read of small, hidden events that have tremendous impact. In the Book of Judges, chapters 4 and 5, we read about a battle between a Light Infantry Division, led by Barak and Deborah, and an Armor division of the Canaanites. The Israelite Army took the high ground near Mount Tabor, and that's always a good choice. Still, it was 10,000 light infantry fighting 900 iron chariots. The outcome was uncertain, and the Canaanites thought they were certain to win.
Then rain falls in the hills, somewhere out of sight, and suddenly without warning, a flash flood in Kishon Brook and a panic among the Canaanites - the battle turns decisively with the Israelite light infantry overwhelming the Canaanites. In just a moment, when things are uncertain, a miracle occurs, and the battle is won!
I heard Colonel Dennis Sullivan recently say that "war is a matter of inches and seconds." A round can strike inches away; where you are a few seconds earlier or later can mean the difference between life and death. While that is true, I would say that  war is a matter of inches, seconds and miracles!