Recently I have often caught myself looking at the defeats and failures in my life and magnifying them to unreal proportions as to eclipse the joy of knowing that I already have the ultimate victory. I am blessed though to have brothers who reminded me once again that its the little victories that I should count. In the happenings of life, a lot of things are going to suck. Real talk. Life is tough, it’s burdensome and its especially easy to let those things take over the magnificently large hope that we as Christians in the redemption of Jesus Christ. The work of the harvest, the call of all Christians to pick up their crosses and follow Him, the one and only perfecter of our faith, is one that is filled with sorrows, disappointments, and tears.
But. Yes there is a “but”, especially at the end of all the sad things in life when there is trust in Jesus over them. But the path of Christians is also one that is filled with many small victories that are glimpses into the full beauty of the final place in which we can taste the total immensity of the Father’s love for us: forever and ever. I don’t know if you can imagine the scene I’m seeing, but I see a dusty road that leads out into the horizon and fades into the distance, a road that is smaller and rockier than the larger and smoother roads that run contrary to it. The way is darkened, and the air is cold, but along the way, embedded into the ground are lamp posts filled with small fires that warm the soul and continue to light the way. They are refuges and reminders that this path is worth taking, and it is leading to something greater.
In the same way, I was reminded, thanks to my brothers through the wisdom of God, that I needed to count those small victories, those fires along the way that remind our souls that this is but a part of the journey. And although these rekindlings vary in size, we take them big or small and we move on with faith knowing that a much bigger flame draws us. The warmth and intensity that emanates at the end of the road is hidden, like a treasure in the field, but as we follow Jesus, we are given reminders that we need to hold on to, reminders that the Gospel is real and it is transforming lives, whether we see it fully or not. In these small victories, God calls us to be faithful and to continue striving. Against the defeats of life, these may seem insignificant, but these small triumphs and even defeats point to the immeasurable victory of Christ on the cross, which dwarves all things.
So let us all be faithful to what we are given even when the road seems lonely and dark, because even in the darkness, we are guided by God. And as we are in darkness and weakness, the only thing we will see clearly is the light at the end of it and the hope that lies there.
"One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much."