There’s a story of a man who bought some mountainous land. One day at a spot far up in the mountains he found signs that someone had done a lot of digging. That got his curiosity up and after looking around discovered an abandoned mine. He decided to do some exploration and came across a rusty pick with its point sticking firmly in the ground. He picked up the pick and drove it back into the ground and hit something hard. That “something hard” turned out to be a rich vein of gold. To say he was surprised and happy would be an understatement.
Later on he was thinking about the old pick and after checking with some local “old timers” he heard the story of how it came to be there. Years before, a prospector had staked out his claim with hopes of striking gold. Day after day, with aching back and blistered hands he dug but not even a hint of gold was found. Eventually he gave up hope and in frustration drove the pick into the rocky soil and walked away never to return.
Just think, if the prospector had dug just a few more inches he would have “struck gold”. He simply gave up too soon. After hearing that story I wondered how many great things go undone because the church gives up when things get “tough” or we don’t see the results as soon as we want. I also wondered how many people never come to Christ because someone gave up on them.
Here’s a point to ponder. The next time you are discouraged and frustrated to the point that you are ready to give up and walk away remember the words of the apostle Paul: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)