Wednesday, January 19, 2011


The following exerpts are from
Streams in the Desert
by L. B. Cowman
(first copyrighted in 1925)
Tammerlane used to relate to his friends
an anecdote of his early life.
I once, he said, was forced to take shelter from my enemies in a ruined building, where I sat alone for many hours. Desiring to divert my mind from my hopeless situation, I fixed my eyes on an ant that was carrying a grain of corn larger than itself up a high wall. I numbered the efforts it made to accomplish this object. The grain fell 69 times to the ground; but the insect persevered,
and the seventieth time it reached the top.
This sight gave me courage at the moment, and I never forgot the lesson.
Rubenstein, the great musician, once said,
If I omit practice one day, I notice it;
if two days, my friends notice it;
if three days, the public notices it.
It is the old doctrine, Practice makes perfect.
We must continue believing, continue praying, continue doing His will. Suppose along any line of art, one should cease practicing -
we know what the result would be.
If we would only use the same quality of common sense in our religion that we use in everyday life....

Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

-Luke 18:1

Have a lovely day,


  1. Thanks for sharing this, Mug.

    I love that the man in this post gained wisdom/understanding - learned something useful (perseverence) - by observing nature (the ant) So often God's works seem to illustrate His Word beautifully. I find myself considering/observing/looking at things in nature (butterflies, flowers, trees, rivers, etc.....even ants!) & asking myself "What was it that God wanted me/mankind to better understand when He made ________________ (fill in the blank w/ anything/everything(!) God created)? Once I figured this out, this "practice" allowed so much to make so much more sense - to much the same way that pictures in a book/instruction manual serve to help one to better understand .... words.

    Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. - Proverbs 6:6 - 8


  2. Oh, MyStory, I LoVe your comment. After I posted this, the words "Go to the ant, you sluggard" kept going through my head...Now I know why! Thank you for sharing your insight!