and my imagination runs ahead, between the lines:
It is a story which starts years before:
There was a day when (perhaps as he was out gathering manna)
Caleb received the news, "it's a girl,"
and he couldn't wait to see her.
There was the time when she started to toddle around the tent,
a time when she was a cute little five year old,
a growing ten year old,
a young lady in the making of fifteen years.
And all through the years she was "Daddy's little girl" -
Caleb's pride and joy.
But today she is married, and leaving to start her own home.
Her husband would have an inheritance from his family
- but this little lady, endowed with the same spirit as her warrior father,
cannot be satisfied with what satisfies everyone else.
She gets her husband to ask for land from her father,
and then, still unsatisfied, asks for water springs.
She looks to ensure the viability,
and guarantee the productivity, of her gift.
The picture has words spoken, and words unspoken:
She is saying in effect,
"I am your daughter,
you have given me life -
now give me an inheritance."
"Make my life meaningful.
Give me something I can work with.
Make my life count for something.
Make your love to me tangible."
And she got the water,
she got the upper springs,
and she got the lower springs,
Caleb is saying, "Take it all my child - it's all for you"
I look at the story, and I bring it down to today,
I ask myself,
What will satisfy me? What will it take to make life complete for me?
What gifts are there which await my asking?
What one human can give to another is limited.
But the spiritual realm has no limits.
"My God shall supply all your need -
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4.19)
Our Hopes, and the Longings born in Him,
are the Yearnings which He desires to give us ....
God would say to us also,
"Take it all my child, it's all for you."