Friday, January 18, 2008

Progress

I was going to give a little family update today, but then I read today's Elisabeth Elliot devotional.

Mrs. Elliot talks about John Coleridge Patteson, a 19th century missionary to Melanesia. The thought crossed my mind that sometimes my blogging falls into the category of "progress reports," as Mr. Patteson described them over 100 years ago:
"My objection to mission reports has always been that the readers want to hear of progress, and the writers are thus tempted to write of it; and may they not, without knowing it, be, at times, hasty that they may seem to be progressing? People expect too much.

Because missionary work looks like failure, it does not follow that it is. Our Savior's work looked like a failure. He made no mistakes either in what He taught or in the way of teaching it, and He succeeded, though not to the eyes of men."
From what I can tell so far, a lot of parenting work looks like failure, too. Especially with this impending move, emotions are running high and so is the chaos, and, if I were to "report" on things based on what I see today, it would be easy to be discouraged.

But we'll keep plugging away here, in a way that seems, as Mr. Patteson says, "deliberate and painstaking beyond measure," keeping our eyes fixed on the One who is faithful.

I hope you will, too.
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.

Psalm 46.1-2

11 comments:

Jen said...

I want you to know I'm lifting you up in prayer today. I know you need it.

Stacey P Mom of 6 said...

Praying for you as well

Laura said...

Moving is always hard for the kids - even if they are for it. But if God is in the move, His grace covers a lot! Praying for a quick sell and easy move.

Susanne said...

Praying that all goes smoothly with this move!

Beck said...

I hope your move goes well today!

I needed to read this today:
a lot of parenting work looks like failure, too
Phew!

Ange said...

Don't you love the wisdom of some of those saints of yesteryear! Thanks for sharing that

Marc and Charity said...

THis is very interesting. In our line of "work" some people want to know all about our progress-and it's just not like that here. Can get very discouraged. Even in parenting too. Thanks for this.

Destiny said...

Dear Momma of 5,
You dont know me, but I have been reading your blog for about a year now- I linked to it through another friends blog: gentlyled.blogspot.com. And have been blessd by you ever since. This last entry was a huge encouragement. My husband and I are missionaries in Uganda-East Afica. And we are expecting our second child in April. So the entry hit home on parenting and the mission home front. Thanks for your writings!
By His grace,
Destiny Calhoon

Michelle said...

Wow. Stumbled onto your blog today after I stumbled onto one called Rocks in the Dryer....after I found it on MommyDoodles...who I've been reading for a few weeks now.

I was supposed to find you today. Your post is exactly what I needed to hear.

As you encouraged and reassured yourself, you encouraged and reassured me on a day when I really needed it. Thank you.

"Just keep swimming just keep swimming just keep swimming swimming swimming...."
(-Dory - Finding Nemo)

Dimple Queen said...

Oh, Katherine....I didn't make it by on Friday, but so needed this post today. Hubby and a dear friend of his are dealing with a lot of "stuff" at the churches they are in. Dealing with "doing enough events" and "brining in more kids" and they so needed this post too. I am going to send them a link to it. Hubby is not much on "blogging" but will read a post here and there that I send him. The quote is what he needs!

And I loved Michelle's quote from Finding Nemo!!! Loved it!

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

That is SO TRUE about so much of parenting looking like failure in the process! I feel that all the time, but have never expressed it that way. Thanks for verbalizing it! Lately, one of the prayers My Sweetie and I pray the most is "Lord, show us fruit." Thankfully, He has. Because sometimes it's just hard to see it!