Sam Tanas - Elder
On a recent trip to Egypt, I visited a small village. One of the traditions I witnessed was that anytime a young person wanted to speak to someone who was their elder, they had to step down from their donkey as a sign of respect. This reminds me of a passage in Joshua 15:18-19. “When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” She replied,” Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.” In this passage we learn that by her act of stepping down from the donkey Aksah showed humility and respect to her father. Subsequently she asked him to give her springs of water which Caleb does and so much more. This is a model of how we should approach our heavenly Father. Caleb responds to her request by giving her more than she asks for. In the same way our Father in heaven gives us good gifts and gives us exceedingly and abundantly more than we ask. He gives us the ultimate spring of water - The Holy Spirit, which we need above all else.