I can plod.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.” – Isaiah 30:21

Are you a plodder?

We want to soar like eagles, not trudge along like mules. We want our ideas to go viral. We want to influence thousands. We want our posts to be liked and shared, our opinions welcomed. We want to see that we matter.

C. S. Lewis put  it this way in talking about his grief after his wife’s death: “We want to prove to ourselves that we are lovers on a grand scale, tragic heroes; not just ordinary privates in the huge army of the bereaved, slogging along and making the best of a bad job.” We all hate to think we are ordinary. We have aspirations to greatness.

But, for most of us, instead of soaring, we plod. We try to do the next right thing and the next and the next. All small things, all building something that we hope will matter, even though we can’t even imagine what it will be. Instead we find ourselves on a path just putting one foot in front of the other.

Maybe that needs to be OK with us. Maybe that’s exactly where God wants us: Following the path He opens in front of us and trusting Him to make our journey significant. I think He calls it faithfulness.

So, if we find ourselves plodding along, let’s not give up. Let’s keep going, listening for His direction, and anticipating what He will do with our small steps today.

“I can plod. That is my only genius. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.” – William Carey (1761-1844), missionary to India

 

4 thoughts on “I can plod.

  1. Thanks, Bev. I’ve discussed the journey of life as plodding for years. Some people don’t like that word. They want all joy and happiness. I think plodding is real, one foot in front of another, persevering, needing Christ’ and in all that finding Him, and finding deep satisfaction, joy and hope. The journey is hard, sometimes lonely, not glamorous, full of surrender. So yes, for me there is plodding, but I’ve always had God alongside, and He continues to show me in personal ways that He sees me, cares, and reaches in. Thanks for the words.

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  2. There are good things in store for us personally and also in terms of the material. We wait on Him and we are lifted up. Our covenant with Him includes adversity and the possibility of straying, although this will be limited. God is full and majestic. His voice comes from behind and we turn aside, not so much following.

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