To all of my girl friends who feel like “less than conquerors” today
With all of the busy-ness of fall sports, open houses, and new schedules, it is easy to get discouraged and feel overwhelmed by my to-do list. Each day starts early and ends late as I fall exhausted into bed hoping for at least 6 hours of restorative rest. Sound familiar?
Today, I slept in until 7 am (a major luxury right now) and as I was reading my morning devotions, sipping coffee laced with pumpkin spice creamer I find comfort in Amy Carmichael’s words, written in the early twentieth century. In Edges of His Ways she writes:
“Sometimes when we read the words of those who have been more than conquerors, we feel almost despondent, ‘I shall never be like that,’ we feel. But they won through, step by step; by little acts of will, little denials of self, little inward victories; by faithfulness in the 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 a moment. So let us take courage; not one of us is too weak to be made more than a conqueror.”
My failures tend to loom much larger in my mind and outweigh “my little inward victories” in the unrelenting ticking off of the moments from fall into winter. I love this word from Amy Carmichael reminding me that each victory is leading me along the path God has planned out for me, and even while my feet tread forward, looking back in my mind’s eye, I can see that I am yet farther down the path than I was last fall.
I hope Amy’s word is of comfort to you today, because I am privileged to walk this path with you and I do see some of these little victories over self as you share your heart with me. And someday, as we walk together on the golden road beside the glassy sea, I look forward to seeing you at the end of your path where ours intersect once again.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long: we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:35-37