Protected By The Great Spirit
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
AFTER the battle of the Monongahela, in a letter to his brother, George Washington recognized the special Divine Providence which protected him, in the following language : " By the all-powerful dispensation 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 I escaped unhurt, while death was levelling my companions on every side of me."
Fifteen years afterward, he went West with a party of men to survey the wild lands, and an aged Indian chieftain called upon him, and told him that at the battle of Monongahela, he had selected him as a special target for his bullets, and had instructed his warriors to do the same, but that they were unable to hit him. The chief said that, becoming convinced that he was under the protection of the Great Spirit, they ceased firing at him. He said that he had made a very long journey to look one more time upon the face of him who was the particular favorite of heaven.
What a wonderful example Washington set, in many regards, to the patriots and statesmen of America for all time ! Nearly all of the great men of the nation to this time have confessed their faith in the guidance and inspiration of the Divine Spirit. Nearly every great commander of the nation has recognized the Divine anointing and protection.