2010-04-17 - Escargot Day
Originally Published 2006-05-26
I know it must have snuck up upon us all, but it is here again. May 24 is Escargot day. Yes, they have a day for everything. You might even wonder what escargot is, and it is probably better to not know, but escargot is an edible snail. Crazy as it might seem, there might be some wisdom we can glean here.
It is easy to get discouraged in life. It is easy to get discouraged on this journey we call the Christian life. We go to a prayer meeting and feel like everybody prays "better" than we do. It is hard to go back again. We determine to read the Bible every day. We read six chapters the first, second, and third day, two on the fourth day, miss a day, six more chapters on the fifth day, and then a week goes by, and the Bible is gathering dust again. It is discouraging, because we want to do better. Often our goals are lofty, but we lack the execution to achieve them.
This is where we can learn from the snail. The snail can't set lofty goals for itself. "On Thursday, I will be in Nebraska," is a little unrealistic for the snail starting out in Toronto. But we are prone to the same unrealistic dreams, in our spiritual walk with Jesus Christ. We want closeness to Christ in our prayers, and we want Bible knowledge to jump off the page, into our heads and hearts - but it doesn't often come as quickly as we would wish. The Christian life is a process, and often, the slow and discouraging process of three steps forward, two steps back. But we have as our goals, communion with Christ in our fellowship with Him, and Christlikeness in our conduct. It is easy to forget that these will always be goals. We can always have deeper fellowship. We can always grow in our practice of Christian graces. Like the snail, we plod along and seek to reach the elusive Nebraska, knowing full well that we will only reach our goal, when we are perfected with Christ in Glory.
Here are a couple of suggestions for clinging to the battle of growth in grace, and seeking to move forward in our Christian life.
For today, we will call these three the Trinity of the Christian life: Prayer, Scripture, and Practice. In all these areas, we seek to be growing up into a full knowledge of Christ and His will for our lives. Let one of these fall upon hard times, and the other two are right behind in sequence. Our goal is a faith that is persevering, and maybe that is the message for today: Press on (Philippians 3:14), and keep striving unto glory.
Soli Deo Gloria,