The Way of the Desert Warrior

“I can´t do it without you.”

“You will have to,” Moses said.

Joshua wiped the sweat from his brow with the sleeve of his tunic.  His eyes studied the ground in front of him, seeing nothing but uncertainty in the days ahead.

“How can you be sure your time has come?”

“I´m sure.”

It was the quiet certainty of his words and the steady gaze of his eyes that chased the doubts from Joshua´s mind but they were quickly replaced by fear.

“Well, I´m not so sure.  About myself, I mean.  Why would He choose me?”

“He can speak for Himself.  The question is whether you will obey,” Moses replied.

“Of course I will obey,” Joshua said, “that isn´t the question at all.  I´m just not the right person for the job.”

Joshua looked out upon the multitude of tents pitched in the valley below with over a million people bustling about the chores of a desert encampment.  The sheep and goats, the donkeys, the cattle, the children, the women, the responsibility, it was all – too big.

“Caleb would be the better choice.  He knows what to do and the elders like him.”

“It isn´t up to you, or Caleb, to decide this thing,” Moses said.

Silence hung upon them like a heavy shroud.


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The Way of the Desert Warrior by Bert A. Amsing.  Used with permission.
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