Along the same lines, there was an e-mail that I found in my box when I came home from vacation also. It was from a local pastor who has experienced intense struggles in his ministry over the past number of years, and he was writing to share the incredible joy he was experiencing in seeing some of the wonderful ways God is working in peoples' lives now, that might not have happened had he quit when the going got tough. There have been a couple things in my life right now that I've just been questioning if I/we have missed God on, and wondering (mainly out of my own discomfort more than God's leading) if I should just throw in the towel. God sent another piercing arrow in the last lines of this email. This is what he wrote:
Pretty amazing, huh? So, looks like I'm supposed to hang in there and trust God more - He can handle stuff, even when (and especially when) I can't, or have tried and royally screwed it up. Which is the same thing He was reminding me with this line from Prince Caspian that keeps resounding in my mind and heart.
I just thought I should share that with you, in case there is someone who is thinking of quitting because they have not seen the desired results in their work for the LORD. I have often thought about it too!!!!!!
God sure knows how to encourage us when we need it though!
"Aslan," said Lucy, "you're bigger." "That is because you are older, little one," answered he. "Not because you are?" "I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger."Here are just a few other impactful ones for you to ponder. Maybe God can use them to bring an answer to your heart today.
Dialogue from Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
"You have listened to fears, Child," said Aslan. "Come, let me breathe on you. Forget them. Are you brave again?"
"Welcome, Prince," said Aslan. "Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia?" "I — I don't think I do, Sir," said Caspian. "I'm only a kid." "Good," said Aslan. "If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been a proof that you were not. ..."
“Lucy went first, biting her lip and trying not to say all the thins she thought of saying to Susan. But she forgot them when she fixed her eyes on Aslan."
“And I do hope,” said Lucy in a tremulous voice, “that you will all come with me. Because-because I’ll have to go with him whether anyone else does or not.”