Moses, before his death blessed the tribes of Israel. He blessed the tribe of Naphtali with the following words:
Deuteronomy 33:23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favor, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess you the west and the south.
I definitely feel like I have received more than my share of blessings. But, going backwards in time here, I noticed that Jacob's blessing for Naphtali had been different.
Genesis 49:21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he gives beautiful words.
Naphtali was one of the twelve sons of Jacob and was blessed by his father before Jacob's death. He was the son of Rachael's maid Billah, a child conceived by a surrogate mother for a childless woman. He was wanted so badly that his Mother was willing to go to extraordinary measures to have him. His name meant wrestling, because his Mother Rachael had struggled so long to have a child of her own. Yet, because she later had two natural born sons of her own, and he was the second surrogate of Billah, Naphtali's rank among the sons was often last. Rachael's two were at the top, then Leah's natural born children, then all the surrogates would have been last in rank.
Naphtali had four sons of his own:
1. Jahzeel - means God will allot or give you your share
2. Guni - means protected
3. Jezer - means a purpose or something imagined or thought of (God gave Naphtali everything he had dreamed of)
4. Shillem - means a reward
You see, Jacob wasn't prophesying with this blessing. He knew how his son felt. He must have spent time talking with this child born of a surrogate maid. He knew that Naphtali felt like he had been given a rewarding portion. I can't get over this picture of Naphtali as Jacob his Father saw him... a hind let loose. Imagine a deer caught in a snare, or a trap. Deer are such fragile animals to begin with, but like hinds, they like to run through the woods and play on mountain crags. Imagine how a deer would run once he had been caught in a snare and released. He would definitely not be tame in any manner. He would not allow himself to be approached or captured again. He would be wild. The deer at Berry College are quite docile because they live in safety. They graze in the open as cars drive by. But, once a deer had been trapped or witnessed the shooting of his herd, he would not graze openly. He would run wild. I believe this is why wild creatures have that gamey taste; they feel the thrill of the hunt, and adrenalin and fear course through their body on a daily basis, unlike tame grazing animals.
I have definitely been blessed. I believe God has a plan for each of His children, and He heaps us with blessings. It is a satisfying feeling knowing that God takes such care for us.