Now that the weather is cooling into my favorite season, Fall, I’ve been taking my coffee on the back porch. My sweet pooch, Precious, has been joining me. The past couple of days Precious has taught me a valuable lesson – an old lesson but still valuable.
My backyard is full of squirrels in search of pecans from my faithful pecan tree. Precious sits quietly on the porch watching the squirrels. Then she crouches down low and begins to take small calculated steps toward her prey. As she think the time is right, Precious sprints off toward the squirrel. I have yet to see her capture a squirrel, but she does this over and over and over again. It’s as if she doesn’t remember all the failed attempts at catching the squirrel. Precious just keep trying and trying. That squirrel is her prize, her goal.
This reminds me of Philippians 3:13-14Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 [a]Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
We can’t allow our past to stop us. We can’t squander life on what we didn’t catch. Although we consider ourselves not to have taken hold of it, we must forget that and press toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called.
Like that squirrel that escapes, things, people and jobs escape us too. It is then we must lay low on our knees searching heavenward to win our prize. Never give up. If God has called you to it, He is faithful to strengthen you and see you through it.