Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Persistence, Perseverance, And The Snail

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
~ Charles Spurgeon

My daughter used to love watching Spongebob in the mornings after she got ready for school. Every morning her goal was to get breakfast, get dressed and be ready for Spongebob to start. And, because she had a goal, she was persistently consistent.

One of Spongebob's friends is a snail who's name is, Gary.
Gary, does not talk, but he is Spongebob's faithful companion. Spongebob has another friend, his name is Patrick. One day Spongebob thought he had lost his dear friend, the snail, to Patrick. Gary followed Patrick all over the place and if allowed would crawl all over Patrick
and sit on his back- soon becoming his constant companion.

Gary did not seem to want to come home and Spongebob was crushed.
Just as Spongebob was about to give up on his relationship with Gary,
Patrick pulled a cookie out of his back pocket and gave it to Gary.
Spongebob, now realized that Gary was just trying to get to the cookie.
He had his persistent little friend back.

Now you may wonder why I chose this little tidbit for our fine inspirational
Tuesday morning topic. Well, truly, it speaks to me.
You see, in my relationship with God lately, God is pushing me to walk by faith and not by sight.
It is slow work. Sometimes in my prayer life I want to give up. The goal is nowhere in sight and I do not seem to be gaining any ground. But like Gary, I know what is hiding in the "just beyond". The promises of God are to me like the hidden cookie that Gary was going after.
He promises that the fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much.
Do I always see those results right away? No.
Do I sometimes want to give up? Yes.
Spongebob was just about ready to give up on Gary, and then he realized the truth--Gary was just doing whatever he had to do to get to the cookie.
Will I do whatever I have to do to get to my goal?
Today, I must be like Gary.
Like the snail- I must continue to head toward the goal.
What is my goal? To live a life that will move the heavens when I pray.
Will I always see the results right away?------- No.
But, I have been promised that if I persist and do not give up---I will see results.
I think that deserves an, Amen.
Or, in the famous words of Gary,

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MiPa said...

Cute illustration. Thank you for sharing how God is teaching you about persistence. Blessings.

Terri @ In His Hands said...

I love that you brought Sponge Bob into In "Other" Words! LOL! I love it!


Dee said...

Very cute! I feel like a snail many, many times! ((( hugs ))) D

Halfmoon Girl said...

Yes, I am a snail sometimes too- maybe even a sloth! Thanks for the encouragement. My kids like Sponge Bob too.

Nise' said...

Amen Sista! That'll preach. I learned about Sponge Bob today and that God is talking to me about the same things all over the place. He is so awesome YahooooJah!

Denise said...

Thanks for making me smile.

CrownLaidDown said...

Praying for you Sister...I think that this Faith Walk is gonna be goooood! I'm looking forward to seeing God's Hand in your life. He loves you so!

I do too!

Amydeanne said...

very cute! I love the illustration!

eph2810 said...

I loved your illustration for this week's quote. We have to continue, even if we don't see results right away. And actually never see them until we get to heaven. When we feel disheartened He will see us through.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this week's IOW quote.

Blessings to you and yours.

Bernadine said...

Thanks for sharing and for the spongebob illustration:)