Patience and Persistence
“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” ~ Thomas Merton
Ramblings from Connor’s dad – I am reminded of the children’s story/song that talks about the little train that thinks he can. There my friend, is a real example of patience and persistence.
Today we will be heading out to go camping up at Cloudland Station with some friends from our Bible Study Fellowship. Tomorrow we are going with a guide back into the cave on the property. It is one we have been in several times before, and depending on who you talk to, it has several stories attached to it. There is talk that the Cherokee Indians, who used to live on and around the property, used the cave to hide their gold. There are also stories of the Union and/or the Confederacy using the cave during the Civil War.
I have never been all the way back, but am told that it goes a couple of miles back into the mountain. Some spots you have to walk single file to get through. Other areas you can get a group of 20 together and stand in one spot. In some areas the ceiling is 7′ above your head, while in others you have to be stooped over to keep from bumping your noggin.
There are some very large rocks the water has to work around. The cave snakes it way through the mountain along the path where the first waters met the least resistance. Tomorrow the guide will probably tell us that it is a limestone cave formed over millions of years by the water that runs through it. Being a person that adheres to the intelligent design theory, I am of the mindset it took maybe hundreds of years. Either way, it took more then a weekend.
The bats, snails and cave crickets that now live there, don’t care how long it took. They just enjoy the benefits of calling it home. Aren’t we the same way? We enjoy our lives, usually oblivious to the time and efforts of those before us. Our founding fathers built this country with patience and persistence, and even their blood, as they leaned heavily on God.
I pray that God grants me the patience and persistence to walk the walk He has for me. Maybe I am a part in His plan to build a new “cave”. Maybe He will let me see it come to completion. Maybe He won’t. Either way, I want Him to find me ever faithful.
After all, the water that started the path for the cave never saw the final product…but the bats sure do enjoy the results…
“Without saying a word, [he] watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey succeed.“ (Genesis 24:21 NIV)