All shall be done,” said Aslan. “But it may be harder than you think.” —The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
This is the encouragement we all need to hear, especially in times of extended trials or great difficulty. What is the mountain you feel like you can’t climb? The raging river you can’t cross? The “all” that feels impossible?
Sometimes we battle discouragement, lack of motivation, or overwhelm more than anything else in moments like these.
In Eileen Crossman’s biography of James Fraser, a missionary to the Lisu tribes in Southwest China in the early 1900s, she shares portions of his diaries and letters. In one passage Fraser writes about the temptation to give in to discouragement after a disappointment or setback:
Discouragement is to be resisted just like sin. To give way to the one is just as bad and weakens us as much as to give way to the other. God has wonderfully sustained me through this trial, and to Him be all the praise when I saw that not for one instant has it disturbed my peace or radiant faith in the risen and ascended Lord.”James Fraser, Mountain Rain by Eileen Crossman
I’m thankful for C.S. Lewis, James Fraser, and so many others who have gone before us. They remind us that God’s perfect will in our lives will be done. The journey there may be harder than we think (or want), but He will get us there.
And ALL shall be done.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
If you’d like to read about James Fraser in Mountain Rain (which I am currently reading and highly recommend), you can order it here.
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Grace and peace,
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