“Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure or opposition” Merriam-Webster Dictionary
There seems to be a common theme I encounter lately, this determination to continue. For those who have chosen this brave way of life, there are results and other times even more opportunities to keep training forward. The end might not be even in sight, but you never quit too soon. For example, consider the Israelites who Joshua led in a daily march around the wall of the city of Jericho for six days. On the seventh day, they marched around seven times, the priests blew their horns and the troops gave a mighty shout! Can you even imagine the sound of this unified sound? After all the years their ancestors had lived as slaves in Egypt, then the wilderness years and deaths of the older generation, it was finally time to take the promised land. Perhaps they shouted with joy, gaining strength for the battle about to take place or in honor of those not beside them. Each one took steps of training in the wilderness, each foot in front of the other in a defiant march to what was promised. These braves ones were now brought to this seventh circle of what had been promised. To give up now is unthinkable.
As I think about their example, I am encouraged to keep going, with the hope of shouting one day too. Who knows? Maybe we are on our last march, as we persevere today in whatever role God has planned for us. And if not, we determine to obey, each step in dependence on the One who never leaves us. For the day will come, this I know. Keep training forward weary one.
*You can read all out the outcome in the book of Joshua.