Saturday, April 18, 2009

Climb Every Mountain

Perseverence is an important quality.

Especially if you're a roly poly.

Mountains to climb, new worlds to discover -- the possibilities are endless! This dogged little fellow was intent on climbing our "sand dune," which was at least 18" tall. But when you're less than half an inch tall, that's quite an adventure.

I was amused by the mini avalanches that this little guy created. His tiny feet would dislodge two, three, sometimes even four grains of sand at one time! After progressing about two inches, there was a bit of a mishap:

Sometimes it's a disadvantage to having a ball shape as your defense mechanism. But he didn't seem to mind regressing farther in two seconds that he had gained in two minutes. He unrolled himself and tried again.

There are times when I feel a bit like a roly poly; that I lose more ground in a moment than I have gained in a week, a month, or a year. It's nice to know that even though I often fail in one kind of perseverance, the other kind won't fail me:

per-se-ver-ance  [pur-suh-veer-uhns]


1. Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

2. Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.


  1. I loved this post. It drew me in and planted a good moral in my mind to ponder and aspire to.

  2. Not only with Clare that it made me smile, but it was some timely encouragement for things going on in my life right now. Thanks for sharing, Shannon!

  3. Amen :) There is nothing like running the race knowing where your finish line is - complete glory with our King.


    Lady M

  4. What a sweet little woodlouse! Also, thank you for the reminder to persevere. At times I feel like throwing down everything and just giving up.

    In Christ,


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