This morning I sat in our garden & watched a tiny field mouse climb the tree where our bird feeders is hanging, to get his breakfast. I was astounded by the tenacity of this creature. He had to launch himself from a branch to the perch of the feeder, he misjudged the distance & missed the perch more times than he landed on it, falling all the way back down to the ground.
Then he’d have to start the climb again, a distance that would be the equivalent of a small mountain to me. I’m not joking when I tell you he did this 31 times, falling & climbing back up, over & over again.
The inbuilt courage of this little mouse challenged me. How often we so easily just give up (I know I do anyway).
We become discouraged by ‘stuff’, we get hurt so we withdraw, we are offended, and we hold back – give up, or we have attempted something over and over again and feel, a bit like that mouse, that we fall short- that we keep missing the mark and just aren’t getting anywhere, so we throw in the towel.
If you feel like that today, may I encourage you with some scripture? Underline these in your Bible, read them over & over until they take root and your heart is strengthened and encouraged!
“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” Psalm 73:26
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 37:23-24
“Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
“For the lovers of God may suffer adversity and stumble seven times, but they will continue to rise over and over again. ” Proverbs 24:16
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16