By Gary Varvel

Someone once said, “The man of God in the will of God is immortal until the plan of God is done.” 

This is a true story. During the French and Indian War in 1755, when Lt. Col. George Washington was 23, he joined forces with British Gen. Edward Braddock. Along with 1400 British troops, they headed toward Fort Duquesne when they were ambushed in the woods. Braddock was killed along with over 900 British troops. Washington was able to mount a retreat. This became known as the Battle of Monongahela. When Washington arrived at Fort Cumberland, he wrote to his younger brother, John Augustine Washington, July 18, 1755: “As I have heard, since my arrival at this place, a circumstantial account of my death and dying speech, I take this early opportunity of contradicting the first, and of assuring you, that I have not as yet composed the latter. But by the All-Powerful Dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!”

This is a fascinating story but 15 years later George Washington and Dr. Craik, a close friend of his from his youth, were traveling through those same woods near the Ohio River and an old Indian chief asked for a meeting. He said, “I am a chief and ruler over my tribes. My influence extends to the waters of the Great Lakes and to the far blue mountains. I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle.” The chief told Washington that they had met in battle in those woods 15 years earlier and he told his men to shoot at the “tall and daring warrior.” But “T’was all in vain, a power mightier far than we, shielded you…Seeing you were under the special guardianship of the Great Spirit, we immediately ceased to fire at you… I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.” Before the chief left Washington, he said, “There is something bids me speak in the voice of prophecy… Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man and guides his destinies — he will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire.” Dr. Craik attested to the Indian Prophecy. In 1827 Washington’s adopted son George Washington Parke Custis turned the story into a play named The Indian Prophecy. Throughout the Bible we see God protecting and governing the affairs of men. In God’s sovereignty, he protected Washington to bring about the birth of the United States. I pray that God will give us leaders like that again.

%d bloggers like this: