|Hi Again Friends! I hope you can take a few minutes out of your busy day to enjoy my small, not tall, ‘tale of a snail’. Though snails are generally less appreciated by gardeners, watch this video to see what fortitude looks like and how we can relate! |
In Christ always, Carole
Running Life’s Race @ a Tiny Snail’s Pace
|Recently, as I was cleaning out the gravel fire pit in my back yard, a tiny pearl-like ‘button’ caught my eye. I picked it up and noticed the silvery finish, but the flip side was brown with swirls. Yes, the snail was that small! Placing this tiny creature on my gardening glove, I watched his head emerge. Then, ran in the house, grabbed my camera plus a yellow post card, and ran back out to watch this tiny guy in action. |
Placing him on a bench with the post card in front of him, he crawled on. Can you relate to his struggle (in the video) as he works so hard to just get his ‘house’ upright to move forward? It reminded me of the scripture in Hebrews 12:1 that says to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Not all of us can run that fast but we can persevere and not give up, whatever the circumstance.
Regarding being ‘slow’.
Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” Exodus 4:10
Here’s what James tells us: My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19
I love that scripture assures us that God is slow to anger.
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness Exodus 34:6
They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, Nehemiah 9:17
Statistics show that a narrative must be repeated twenty times or more to be remembered. A good example is that today’s commercials are relentlessly repeated. So, do you believe that God wants us to remember and be confident about His ‘slow’ truth?
Here it is, repeated and repeated: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15. also found in Psalm 103:8 and Psalm 145:8. Jonah and Nahum knew this truth as well. Jonah 4:2, Nahum 1:3
And Peter, Jesus’ disciple tells us that, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
Therefore, ‘slow’ can be a wonderful thing. Keeping that in mind, let’s take our time to patiently move forward in God’s perfect timing.
PS: After recording my video, I placed that exhausted snail in a much nicer cooler leafy environment and hopefully he’s getting along with the other snails!
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