Meet the stoat. He’s fluffy and adorable… and as fierce as they come.
Mr. Cuteness here can take down prey ten times his size. The secret: perseverance. He grabs on, holds on tight, and keeps biting till his prey bleeds too much to go on. Kinda gruesome, but it made me think – what an awesome picture of perseverance in prayer!
We see something (even something huge) that needs healing or fixing and we take it to God, knowing that He is bigger than this thing, and wise enough and good enough to bring good about. But doubts creep in. Fears begin to loom bigger than faith. We think “this beast will never go down, I am too small.” We think about letting go of Him, letting go of trust.
But here is what the stoat can teach us. It’s not the size of the problem (or the tininess of the pray-er), it’s the surety of the method! And prayer marked by patient, faithful trust in the good God Almighty is our proven method. The moment a doubt rears its head in us, we run back to God and seek Him, surrendering the problem to Him again. We keep running back to the Lord – asking His good will to be done in this situation, remembering all the times He’s cared for us. Affirming to Him again that we know He is unchanging and always good and infinitely powerful. And we wait on Him to act.
And the beast bleeds a little more.
A friend of mine right now is battling a sudden illness and the doctors don’t know how to treat it. Of course I went right to praying for her, but when I didn’t see immediate results, I got discouraged. Why wasn’t God answering? Should I stop praying? But God, knowing my heart, sent two messages (an email and a text) from two different people I’d recently prayed for, telling me how God had answered the prayers and how encouraged they were. Then my ill friend herself texted me to remind me of something God had shared with her in our prayers together that was keeping her encouraged.
And I realized – God is at work, right now. He is the God who hears. The God who never lets go of us, never stops working all things for the good of those who love Him.
Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asks for bread? Or would you give him a snake when he asks for a fish? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matt 7:9-11 GNT
The beast is bleeding, I just need to keep hanging on. Just wait in trust, and I know I will see my Father’s goodness and mercy and love win.
What can you bring before the Lord in patient trust today?
Lord, just like the weasel help us to never let go of faith in You and Your goodness. Bolster our faith in the promise that You give good gifts to Your children! In Jesus Name, Amen