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A little boy climbs a hill outside the village. With each step his horizons grow wider, and in joy and wonder he soaks up the scenes. Now he has reached the top.

What a view it is! To the north there is snow-topped Hermon, dramatic symbol of God's stored-up blessings. One day those blessings will be lavished upon His people. To the east is the sea of Galilee, a translucent "sea of glass". One day he will walk by its shores and call simple, humble fishermen to follow him. To the south, beyond the hills, lies Jerusalem the city of David. There, one day, crowds will shout his name, some in hatred, but others in love. To the west there is the Great Sea, and beyond -- other lands where men have never heard of the God of Israel -- but one day they will.

So much to do; but for now, he is only a little boy, a special little boy, obedient and intelligent, thoughtful and kind. He observes the clouds as they sweep like chariots across the sky, the flowers of the field in massed formation, and the birds as they fly overhead. He feels the wind upon his face.

Patiently he waits, a silent prayer in his heart:

"Speak, Father, for Thy Son heareth."

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?... For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen" (Rom 11:33,34,36).
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