“Look Doug, there it is again, that word, I can’t believe it, how many times is that?” We were sitting in the reception area of the boy’s school when I saw it. The word ‘Perseverance’ was written in bold letters, across the covered beam, in the passageway above our heads. “That’s perseverance not persistence,” Doug remarked. “Well! It’s all the same to me.” I shrugged.
It all started last week when I counted thirty six buds on the rose in our front garden. Originally we had no idea the rose was even there as it was overshadowed by native shrubs. We were surprised when we first saw a yellow bud popping up in amongst the green foliage. We carefully dug it out without damaging the plants around it and gave it away. You can imagine our surprise when the next summer there was a yellow rose in the thicket of shrubs again. We decided that the rose had earned its place with its persistence so we let it stay. This year we’ve cleaned out around it and discovered there were at least a dozen stems coming out of the ground.
The message of persevering and persisting had been coming through loud and clear for about a week. I didn’t want to hear it! By our age so much of our life has consisted of a lot of the above. Most of us would admit that we be happy if everything came easily with as little effort as possible. After all, we have all had to do the hard yards at some point in time.
Noah comes to mind; he was five hundred years old when he started building the Ark which took him 120 years to complete. He lived in an area a hundred plus kilometres from the sea and everybody jeered at him. He was sure he had heard from God and persisted with the project regardless of what people were saying or how he felt. But, as we all know, when the time was right the rains came and the ark floated. Where were the jeerers then?
Sometimes we Christians pray for a miracle of healing or some answer to an issue and when nothing happens immediately we are prone to give up as if prayer was some lucky charm which didn’t work. Jesus said, “Ask and keep on asking …seek and keep on seeking…knock and keep on knocking.” Implying perseverance (Matt: 7:7 Amplified Bible).
It took 4000 years before the Genesis prophesy of Jesus’ coming was fulfilled. It won’t take you 4000 years to get your answer. The apostle Paul said in his letter to the Galatians. “When the right time came God sent his son” and “In due time we shall reap if we faint not.”Gal 4:4 and 6:9.
So! Hang on (persist and persevere) help is on the way,