Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Perseverance and Protection

In "Other" Words

This week, "In 'Other' Words" will be hosted by Iris (eph 2810) over at Sting my Heart. Iris chose a quote that's short and sweet; it's about perseverance.
This week's quote is:

"By perseverance the snail reached the ark." ~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Picture this poor snail struggling inch by torturous inch toward the ark and safety. He senses the urgency to get there and commits himself to the journey. “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” Spurgeon had the right of it.

But consider the rest of the story – along with our snail’s perseverance, God place His protective hand around the snail as he journeyed. The dangers were many – the lumbering, careless flat feet of the pair of elephants as they strode by; the hungry glances from the crows looking for an exclusive French escargot lunch as they flew overhead toward the safety of the ark…

As we journey toward heaven our home, we need to be committed like the snail. Without an attitude of commitment, we’ll never reach our goal. But may we never forget God’s protective hand on our lives – His help when we feel beaten down by the careless acts of others; His love and care when people around us threaten to chew us up and spit us out along the way.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 KJV

“By perseverance (and God’s protective hand), the snail made it to the ark.”

If you would like to join us today, blog about your thoughts on this quote. Then visit "Sting My Heart" to read her take on the quote and to leave your link along with the other participants.


MiPa said...

Great take on the quote. Thanks for sharing.

Rachelle said...

Bonnie, love your post. What a beautiful portrait of God's protective hand around that snail and all of us! You and I had similar thoughts about this quote... you linked our perseverance with His protection... I linked it with His strength. They go together well, don't they? Have a wonderful day...

Rachelle said...

Bonnie, I was reading your sidebar. Your book looks wonderful, and what a gorgeous cover! (Important because we DO judge books by their covers.) Have you considered making that book cover on your sidebar an actual link to Amazon? Just a thought. Congratulations!

Terri @ In His Hands said...

I love that you reminded me of God's protective hand around the snail (and me). Great post!


Denise said...

I enjoyed your thoughts, thanks for sharing.

Rosemarie said...

"As we journey toward heaven our home, we need to be committed like the snail."

I also took the avenue of our final destination being the ultimate goal in this weeks quote.

Blessings and thanks for the reminder of Romans 8:38-39 KJV

“Pearls of wisdom…a heavenly voice.”

Amydeanne said...

I agree with Terri! how often we forget that protective hand!

Bernadine said...

I love your take on this week's quote. Thanks for sharing.

Nise' said...

Thanks for sharing and reminding us to never forget God's protective hand on us at all times not matter what is happening all around.

eph2810 said...

I am so glad that the Lord is keeping His protective hand over us during this journey called life. I know that I would not make it without His protection and His cheering on.

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

Blessings to your and yours.