Recently, I had the wonderful pleasure of reading Anne of Green Gables for the first time. Among the many marvelous and majestic passages, is this little quote.
“Next to trying and winning, the next best thing is trying and failing.”
In some ways, this could be my motto at the moment. Things have not gone according to plan in my grand scheme of attempting to re-route the universe. I’m not where I saw myself when these best laid plans were put in place. Not anywhere close.
But I’m finding that trying and failing has its own kind of sweetness. Yes, there is grace even in the valley, perhaps especially in the valley.
We cannot perhaps give all the reasons why we are here, why the arrow missed the mark, why the spring hasn’t thawed, why the bells remain still and songless, but we need not hold our heads in shame. We can rest peacefully in the knowledge that we tried. We gave the world our best and in the end, that is all that could be asked. There is joy in the attempt and comfort even in defeat.
We are not alone
And who knows, but that our passing through this valley is no more than a season. We may come through to the other side one day. We may find a hidden path to the heights the next time we set out. But if not, if our journey continues on here in the valley, we may rest content knowing that we have a powerful Friend who walks with us no matter what road we travel.
“Whether in victory or defeat, no warrior can fail so long as he stays true to those he loves.”
So keep trying. Whether you win or fail, let it be glorious. And know that God’s mercy covers both the hills and the valleys.