Recently, I was reading in the Book of Numbers about the time when 12 Israeli scouts went to scout the Land of Canaan for a possible invasion. When they returned, though two of the scouts were optimistic about the prospect, ten were vehemently against it. They were against it because the current inhabitants of Canaan were so big in size that beside them, our scouts felt they were no bigger than grasshoppers. They should have heard about what happened this week on my property.
I was away on an interpretation assignment when my wife sent me a text telling me the power was off because a big fir tree fell and took the power lines down. We have many trees on our property, so this is a bit of a concern for us. When PGE came, they said that this enormous, this 2-feet diameter tree, this tree that could give us wood for the whole winter, fell because of termites. Because of tiny termites!
I wish I could tell that story to those scouts. If I could, I would tell them that no matter how small you are, you can be up to the task, especially if you work patiently in unison with a dedicated team. Nothing is impossible to those who patiently work with others, keeping their eyes on the mission at hand. I would tell them, “Tiny termites can fall a fabulous fir.” I would also tell them that it is not about the size of the dog in the fight, but about the size of the fight in the dog!
Patrick G. Lumbroso
Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69
Station Phone: 503.630.7712
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