Slow but Steady

Amy Carmichael, a missionary who served in India for 55 years, once wrote:

Sometimes when we read the words of those who have been more than conquerors, we feel almost despondent. I feel that I shall never be like that. But they won through step by step, by little bits of wills, little denials of self, little inward victories, by faithfulness in very little things. They became what they are. No one sees these little hidden steps. They only see the accomplishment, but even so, those small steps were taken. There is no sudden triumph no spiritual maturity. That is the work of the moment.

Many of us seem to want to hurry our spiritual growth and reach a place of maturity and wisdom without going through the rough and tough work of life that brings about maturity and wisdom. But you can’t have true growth without perseverance, a slow and steady walk with God through the various trials that come our way. So, if you’re feeling discouraged this week… hang in there! 

James 1:12 promises:

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”



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2 thoughts on “Slow but Steady

  1. Erin Muise Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:44 pm Reply

    Agree totally, but once in a while I am blessed with a big breakthrough which helps me in an area. It is all by the grace of God, but exposing myself constantly to His love results in unseen growth that “suddenly” appears at the surface. Of course, God CAN and sometimes DOES bring some revelation or healing suddenly. Just remember, that’s His choice (though our lack of faith can seriously slow this down by limiting our perceived ability to receive, in my opinion, anyway). I love epiphanies, but we need both the mountaintop and valley experiences.

  2. Ann-Margret Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10:42 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Erin! I, too, have had mountaintop experiences where I had instant clarity on a situation. It’s such a blessing when that happens. 🙂

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