'Sit on a stone for three years and it gets warm' ~Japanese Proverb
A proverb is a simple and concrete saying popularly known and repeated. It expresses a truth based on common sense. The book of proverbs found in the Bible is one of the best collection of proverbs known but every culture has examples of its own. Many Japanese proverbs are usually very short and to the point. They also echo the scriptures. The above proverb is a reminder on the importance of perseverance. It is often so easy to give up, to not bother or care, to leave it to someone else and to give up when the challenges get serious. But most good things in life take time. While sitting on a stone for three years seems like an awful long time, the key message here is that all the really good things in life need quality time. We are pulled and dragged in how we spend and use this time. We are encouraged to persevere, to keep going, to do our best, to use our time wisely and to know that everything will work out for the best. We are also encouraged throughout scriptures to put our trust in God who will always persevere with us to get us where we want.