“So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
Picture to yourself a stream. A pleasant early spring brook.
All water – including what comes from the skies – is designed to obey gravity to the letter. Right now, that early spring sun is doing its work. The slow trickle of meltwater, molecule by molecule, drop by drop, finds its way to lower ground wherever it can.
And it follows the path of least resistance to the gutters.
Water never runs uphill.
Unless, of course, it is propelled by some force which is strong enough to overcome gravity.
Now picture to yourself your spiritual journey – you, exerting energy in your upward battle, a stream running uphill as it were in your quest to become more like Jesus.
Put like that, no wonder it’s such hard work.
The stream that is your transforming self – melting in the warmth of God’s love, your heart thawing, your hard edges softening – is indeed attempting to run up rather than sinking into the gutter.
If you relax for a moment, all that upward momentum slacks off.
And down you go, following the path of least persistence.
See, it takes persistence to plug away at doing the right thing when the easy thing is staring you in the face. It takes persistence when you’re tired and discouraged and you feel the burn of trudging on in what at times feels like the wrong direction.
Yet it is in this place of frustration and problem solving and route planning and sheer grit that your beauty and character are being forged.
Don’t. Stop. Now.
Anyone can go with the flow. Anyone can roll with it.
You were called to Greatness.
You were called to follow the footsteps of the Rabbi.
And those steps never, never sink into the gutters.
They always, always point heavenward…
Persist in seeking higher ground with me?
Father, this calling is a high one. It isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires persistence! Bless our efforts and continue Your good work in us, drawing us higher each day. Amen.