Did you know that George Washington was born on 22nd February 1732 in Virginia? Not that am a historian myself or anything like that but was rather a finding while I sought to satisfy my recent desire for history knowledge.
First, I downloaded Amazon Kindle to my phone to enable me read free ebooks on my way to work every morning. This is something I have come to truly enjoy especially as it also serves to prevent my mind from indulging in unproductive thinking. And may I note that the aspect of “free” did attract. Anyone there?🙋
Secondly, I subscribed to emails from History that is also a TV and Youtube channel that has a variety of history content. So the daily update informs you what happened in history on such a day which is what prompted me to note his birthday.
Thus I have come to understand the purpose for that inner desire to read more and that is to reignite the culture of reading in me to fulfill this specific assignment in my life. This blog is my small way of sharing what I come across which I do hope and pray will result into a positive change in someone’s life.
Now back to the 1st President of the United States of America. One particular incident in George Washington’s life while he was serving in the army which was before becoming President, is what has remained boldly imprinted in my brain.
This, I came by as I read Uncommon Character by Douglas Feaval. This eBook narrates stories of ordinary men and women who did the Extraordinary. It was in the aim of writing this post that also led me to read George Washington by William Roscoe Thayer also downloaded from Amazon Kindle.
It was on 9th July 1755, serving as a Colonel that he survived an intense attack from very well trained Indian forces who only managed to leave his coat with four holes and some on his hat. All of the officers who used horses while fighting were physically injured and the rest dead. The only exception was George Washington. This battle was so deadly that rumors spread that he was dead but he later refuted them.
In 1770, he purposed to revisit that battlefield where the Battle of Monongahela briefly described above occurred. There he met a council chief introducing himself as the one who instructed the Indian shooters to severally aim at him but had no success of physically harming him, leave alone kill him.
The chief confessed that there must have been a Great Spirit protecting him given that he had no doubt about the great expertise and training of the best of his shooters. If you ask me, it definitely had to have taken the Hand of God to explain such a scenario.
The chief then went ahead to prophesy that George will fight and win a great war and become the chief of a nation that he will found. All these came to pass and he finally became President in 1789. Yes, I know I cut the story short but if I were to detail everything, that may turn out to be a sermon and I wouldn’t do it much justice as Doug did in his book.
I must say am very grateful for Doug’s blessing to share this story which i found through reading his book. It is readily available for a free download on Amazon Kindle. Please also follow his blog including other ways to get the book.
Emphasis for Reflection – How many times have you survived circumstances in your life whose victory is not humanly possible to explain? You do not have to have been in the army to say yes. You may have been in an accident and got injured but you are still here and very much alive for that matter.
You may have survived an abusive relationship or are free from drugs/alcohol addiction. We have definitely gone through various personal battles. How often do we overlook what these circumstances speak to us and our purpose on earth thereof? Have you taken time to revisit those places/seasons? Maybe the prophesies of your future lie therein.
Some may call it fate but I call it Purpose. Each one of us was created with one. What is yours? Are you so bogged down with life you fail or are so blinded not to see the good that may come out of your situation?
The purpose may not be that of becoming a President (though I do not hold a single doubt of the possibility if that is God’s will in your life), what I mean is that the events in your life may not be favourable or are outright fatal but what I plead with you is to take a moment to embrace the possibility of something positive being birthed from all of the turmoil. Would you? at least think about it?🔜⏳
I strongly believe that you are reading this article today because you, just like everyone else in this world, was born with a purpose and the eye opener should be that God has allowed you to survive difficult moments to ensure you fulfill it. Just thinking about it, your purpose may actually be as simple as telling your story 🤔
How i pray that you get the motivation to not only think about it, but also receive the grace and strength to actualize it. Maybe then, we would see less greed and selfishness in our society as we purpose to use our gifts to profit those around us.
Thank you for taking your time to read this piece and it is my prayer that your life will never be the same again. I hope you are touched enough to share this with those you believe need to receive a message of hope in their journey of life.