As is my habit at the end of the year, I was looking through drawers and folders and throwing out things that I no longer need. I came across an old poem that made me smile. I had used it many years ago in a sermon that I gave on Luke eight. That’s where a widow, even though dealing with a Judge who didn’t fear God, and could care less about people, persisted in showing up every day with the same plea, “Grant me justice against my adversary.” Jesus told the story to teach his disciples to never give up when praying for something that’s important to you.
There are many verses in the Bible about persistence. And rightfully so, because it’s difficult to keep fighting for all that’s right and good while living in a world that is increasingly more evil. That’s why the Apostle Paul says, [be persistent], do not grow weary in doing good. The greatest demonstration of persistence is God, the good shepherd, never giving up until He finds that one lost sheep. Yes, persistence is a very good thing.
Here is the poem;
Two frogs fell into a can of cream,
Or so I’ve heard it told;
The sides of the can were slimy and steep.
The cream was deep and cold.
“O what’s the use” croaked number one.
“Tis fate; no helps around.
Goodbye, my friends! Goodbye, sad world!”
And weeping still he drowned.
But number two, of sterner stuff,
Dog-paddled in surprise.
Then while he wiped his creamy face
And dried his creamy eyes,
“I’ll swim awhile, at least,” he said,
Or so I’ve heard, he said;
“It really wouldn’t help the world
if one more frog were dead.”
An hour or two he kicked and swam,
Not once he stopped to mutter,
But kicked and kicked and swam and kicked,
Then hopped out, via butter.
So as you enter a New Year, think about the things in your life that need an extra dose of persistence. Persistence in prayer, and persistence on your part, to not give up when the sides of the can get slimy and steep. Decide now to be frog number two, made of sterner stuff.
Happy New Year everyone!
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9