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.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.
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."
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 wayPsalm 46.1-2
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.