There’s a story about the California gold rush that tells of two brothers who sold all they had and went prospecting for gold. They discovered a vein of the shining ore, staked a claim, and proceeded to get down to the serious business of getting the gold out of the mine. All went well at first, but then a strange thing happened. The vein of gold ore disappeared. The brothers continued to pick away, but without success. Finally, they gave up in disgust, sold their equipment and claim rights for a few hundred dollars, and went back home.
Now, the man who bought the claim hired an engineer to examine the rock strata of the mine. The engineer advised him to continue digging in the same spot where the former owners had left off. And only three feet deeper, the new owner struck gold! With a little more persistence the two brothers that left would have been millionaires themselves.
One may go a long way after one is tired.
~ French Proverb
What is the “gold” that you’re pressing toward? Maybe you’re trying to embark on a new career path or begin a new ministry … or perhaps you’re attempting to overcome an addiction. It could be that you are asking God to restore your marriage and you’re doing your best to cooperate with His guidance for your life. Perseverance is essential when you’re tempted to give up and call it quits. C.S. Lewis said, “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” When things get difficult I find it helpful to just focus on the next step ahead. Ask for God’s help and keep taking steps in the right direction. Even if you fall, even if you lose momentum at times, keep getting back up and taking steps forward. You might just be three feet away from striking gold!
PAULA FRIEDRICHSEN is an ordained minister and published author who speaks nationally at church conferences and women’s retreats. The hallmark of Paula’s ministry is her ability to communicate with unassuming authenticity and transparency. By using Scripture, personal stories, and laughter, she presents Biblical insights and principles to her listeners.