Charles Spurgeon wrote, “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” Breaking the analogy down in a children’s book, Dorothy M. Stewart writes about the highs and lows of the snail’s journey toward the ark. Far away and unsure if he can make it in time, he watches the other animals racing past him. Nobody seems aware of his inability to move fast enough. Noah, however, picks the snail up and promises that he will make it in time—before the door of the ark shuts. While doubting his own ability, the snail trusts in the ability of his provider to take him where he needs to go (Dorothy M. Stewart, It’s Hard to Hurry When You’re a Snail [Oxford: Lion Children’s Books, 2009]). We, too, have someone who provides for us and carries us where we need to go.
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