Sunday, May 30, 2021

By Perseverance the Snails Reached the Ark

 (This devotional is from Amazing Stories & Daily Devotionals, Day 342: PERSISTENCE)
  God told Noah that He would bring the animals to the ark. “You shall bring two of every kind into the ark … they shall be male and female … two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive” (Gen. 6:19-20).
 
Obviously, the animals would need to arrive at different times. The cheetahs, the world’s fastest animals, were probably the first to reach the ark. And since the snails traveled at a snail’s pace, they were probably the last couple to arrive. Charles Spurgeon wisely stated, “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
 
Snails weren’t created with legs to run fast, or with wings to fly over obstacles. They carried a house on their backs and propelled themselves along slowly, a few millimeters at a time. They no doubt arrived later than the turtles, and just after the tree sloughs took their own sweet time to mosey up the ramp.
 
Being the last ones to board the ship, the two snails avoided being stepped on and crushed by an elephant or a rhinoceros. God called them to the ark and by their persistence they reached their destination.
 
Perhaps you feel inferior, like a snail. You don’t have the memory of an elephant, the eyes of an eagle, or the speed of a cheetah. But just as God made snails to be snails and not cheetahs, He created you to be you, and not someone else.
 
Everyone can learn a lesson from those little snails. By your persistence you’ll reach the destination where God has called you. Just keep slugging away.
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