I'd like to share story today about a grandfather clock ... a little parable, if you will.
The grandfather clock was fashioned with patience and great skill by a master craftsman. He took months and months to finish the cabinet, to make sure that the works of the clock were diamond perfect. Then all things being complete, he spoke to the clock: "You will begin your journey. You must tick one tick every second, 60 seconds for every minute, 60 minutes for every hour, 24 hours for every day, 365 days a year ... for always.
He started the pendulum .....and the clock froze. The heart of the clock responded, "It's too much! I can't do it! I'll never make it!"
So the master craftsman said, "Well, let me put it this way. All you have to do is tick once a second, that's all. Let the rest take care of itself." And then the clock began and continued unceasingly.
This is a great task we've taken on. We're on a journey of unfolding our Christ-like nature, yes ... but if you've driven on I-10 lately or read the newspapers, then you know we've a way to go! Nevertheless, we can't just sit down; we're committed! So, the best thing is to learn to embrace with patience - even joy - every single moment.
I've heard it before, from the poems of Whitman: "This world isn't offering us the old smooth prizes, but new rough prizes. These are the days that must happen to you."
So I can wait. After all, our souls are eternal!