Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Arrows in the Hand of a Mighty Warrior
Frequently, in our modern culture, children are viewed as nothing more than a liability. They cost us money, ruin our things and break our hearts. One or two children may be acceptable (when you only have a few, you can buy their "happiness", or at least their silence) but any more than that and you are clearly tipping the scales toward disaster.
We think our culture is wrong. In fact, the bible says "As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." Psalms 127:4-5. Did you read that last part? "They shall speak with the enemies in the gate". It seems that the bible indicates that our children are one of our greatest blessings -weapons, in fact.
Being survivalists, we often spend a lot of time and energy gathering supplies, skills and other vital necessities. When it comes to storing food and medical supplies (along with defensive measures) we are always calculating based on the number of mouths to feed and people to protect. That can get overwhelming, especially when you have a large family for which to provide. But along the way, we have learned something. These children, these extra mouths, are our greatest asset. They are a ready made, cohesive "unit".
Over the years, we have noticed that each of our children seemed to develop different strengths. Maid Elizabeth is medically inclined and we encouraged her as she sought to expand her knowledge base. She is now our "Medical Officer". She is in charge of maintaining our medical supplies and equipment (both for illness and trauma), alerting us to any additional equipment that is required and increasing her skill level and medical knowledge. Not only does she stay current on modern medical practices, she also studies herbal and other unconventional medical interventions. We need her.
Master Hand Grenade is not the least bit medically inclined. He, however, has other skills. Hand Grenade is very mechanical and meticulous in his record keeping. He is in charge of our "fleet". He keeps a three-ring binder full of maintenance records for each piece of equipment (including vehicles) in our fleet. Every generator, 4-wheeler, motorcycle and truck have their own sheet. He keeps track of model numbers, hours, mileage and any work done or needed to be done. He writes down oil changes, tire changes, lubricants and problems. He writes down what he did, what he needs to do and any parts that were required. Not to put too fine a point on it - but he keeps our "rolling stock" rolling. Essentially, Master Hand Grenade keeps us running.
Miss Serenity is a natural born hunter. She is willing to be outside in -20° weather at the break of dawn, just to shoot a deer. She is tenacious. She will go out day after day after day, until she succeeds. And, as we all know, an army moves on its stomach, not to mention, you never know when keen stalking skills will come in handy!
Although very young, Princess Dragon Snack and Master Calvin are both very handy. Princess Dragon Snack can already peel potatoes enough to feed a small army and Master Calvin is quite competent when it comes to pulling the handle on the progressive reloading machine! As of yet, we don't really know what valuable skills they will bring to our "unit", we just know they will be indispensable.
We consider ourselves to be blessed beyond measure. Our quiver is full of arrows. They are sharp - they are ready. These children are arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior.