Near his ranch, Caleb stumbled upon his former partner who had betrayed him when searching for gold. Despite his bittersweet emotions, Caleb offered his former partner food and shelter.
“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
—Hebrews 2:17, 18 KJV
“Cream taught me how to choose a ripe peach—when she was younger, she reached for the largest peach on the tree and took a big bite—so sour it curled her bangs, she said!” Montana laughed as he watched Susanna fry a batch of blueberry biscuits. They still had many more days on the trail to Orchard Valley. “But biggest isn’t always best. Cream told me to look for firm, tender fruit with a rosy blush.”
“Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.”
—Proverbs 20:17 KJV
June’s uncle owned the town’s laundry where Susanna found work. Her tears often mixed with the sweat and steam of the laundry. Wasn’t Orchard Valley where God wanted her to be? Had He ever tried to move a mountain of wet sheets and shirts?
“Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?”
—2 Kings 5:12, 13 KJV