The Slow Snail

Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be. – John Ortberg

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I saw it there…Early this morning when I rushed to dump another bag of trash into the bins by the curb. Awaiting trash pick up and I wanted to make sure I had all the trash out before the rain came down again. The shower that came down at the wee hours of the morning was brief. Followed by just a single blinding lightning and the thunder that was long and roaring as if a giant hollered to wake up everyone sleeping. Indeed, the deafening roar  shook our house, woke up my son and startled me.

Inch by inch it tried to make its way perhaps, looking for a drier ground. I was talking about a snail. Its upper tentacles erected so high as its vision tried to see the way up ahead, a longer path he took in the cold, wet, cemented driveway.

I closed the garage door and finished making breakfast for my son and I. After an hour or so, placing his backpack straps on his shoulders, my son opened the garage door and there I was, headed again toward the big bins with another bag of trash.

I saw the snail able to make it to the mid part of our driveway, about 10 steps for me and it took more than an hour for it to reach that destination. But it kept going. Never stopping despite the hardship its slow body tried to gain for another few inches.

“What patience!” I thought to myself as I started marveling at its courageous mission to reach another destination despite the wet, cold ground and a lot of hours it would take him for what would be equivalent to only a few steps into my human capabilities.

I wondered….how long and laborious it took the snail to reach Noah’s ark…But that shouldn’t matter what hardships it had gone through. What mattered as I stared again at the slow, slimy body was that the snail reached the ark and was saved. It was not because of its patience….It was because of God’s patience…Who waited for it to reach Noah’s Ark.

And if God loves the snail, how much more with us, men, He created after His image? And no matter how difficult a man’s trek is in this place, God is still patiently waiting for everyone to be saved…The question is… “Is the pair of a man’s eyes able to see?”

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
   slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 86:15 (NIV)

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” – Romans 15:5 (NIV)

“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.” – Revelation 14:12 (NIV)

“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.” – 2 Peter 3:8 (NLT)


  1. .That is something to think about, Thanks for sharing

  2. I can relate to the snail...besides if you get half way it is foolish to give up and go back. Just keep looking up and move forward with the process. Good post of encouragement for me.

  3. Sorry I have not been around to your blog in a few days. God had me involved in other things. Mainly getting closer to Him and His promises. Rosel, thank you for sharing this post. Continue to believe that our God is mighty and is capable of anything!!! Hugs.

  4. Interesting post. May be this is unrelated... it reminds me of my son's experience. We saw a snail making its painful pace from a patch of grass across the hard steps to another patch of grass. My helpful son took it up and placed it there and stepping back, admired his act of kindness. I couldn't shout out to him in time when his step backward crushed the mate of that snail, which was following him/her! And I told my son, "Well, what's the point of him/her reaching there first? He'll never see her again!" I know this story has nothing to do with your post. :) Oh well, just dropping by to say "Hi!" :)

  5. Love that 2 Peter 3:8 verse! Oh, how I always want to know the end of the story...quickly! Thinking of you today, Rosel, and praying....

  6. Like Mary, I always want to know the end of the story. I like to think I'm patient, but if you asked my hubby he would laugh at the thought of calling me patient! Just trying to stay focused and cling to my Heavenly Father!

    Hugs, lots of love, and prayers,

  7. I love this post, Rosel, and especially the John Ortberg quote above about waiting. We wait not only to have what we are waiting for... it is a part of the process of becoming who God wants us to be.

    Isn't that awesome.

    Henri Nouwen writes that it is not really just about our waiting... it is really more about the waiting of God. He is a patiently waiting God indeed.

    Thank you for the beautiful insights you have shared on this post.


  8. Wonderful post Rosel! Thanking Him for His enduring love, mercy and grace toward us as He patiently waits for His children to respond to the beckoning of His heart!

    Thank you for sharing!


    Love and Hugs!

  9. Rosel, came back by to give you a Super Big Hug!!!!!

  10. Yes, waiting is part of the process. It is what we do or not do while we await for the answer..... or arrive at our destination, that counts the most.

    Waiting produces patience, patience to perseverance to endurance.

    Thanks for sharing your insight about the slow journey of the snail.

    BTW, Lidia introduced you to me. I am from Cebu City.



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