Jeremiah did not resolve to stick it out for twenty-three years, no matter what; he got up every morning with the sun. The day was God’s day, not the people’s. He didn’t get up to face rejection, he got up to meet with God. He didn’t rise to put up with another round of mockery, he rose to be with his Lord. That is the secret of his persevering pilgrimage. Eugene Peterson, Living the Message
Perseverance and Pilgrimage
These two words hold the key to the writing life and the spiritual life.
According to Merriam-Webster, Perseverance is the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Pilgrimage is a journey, especially one to a shrine or a sacred place.
When we begin writing, often we find we cannot stop. The words in us must find expression or they burn and smolder, causing frustration and sometimes depression. Same with our spiritual walk. The ideas and stirrings in us toward God must find a way out – an expression of worship. The result can be connection – or rejection. That should not be our concern. Our concern is perseverance .
But if I say, “I will not mention his word
or speak anymore in his name,”
his word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot.
The result of the perseverance – the striving to express – is continued progress on the journey toward the heart of God. Earthly success is nice and welcomed but we may never see success in our efforts. We can be encouraged like Jeremiah, that God walks with us on the journey.
But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; Jeremiah 20:11
What an incredible promise. Are you persevering today? Please share about your journey.
Betsy and Laurie