ARTICLE – Three Feet From Gold

The expression “Three Feet From Gold” stems from a true story during the California Gold Rush era. It recounts the tale of a man who purchased a gold mine and started digging. After a period of digging without finding any gold, the prospector became discouraged and sold the mine to someone else. The subsequent owner resumed digging and eventually found an abundance of gold, turning the mine into a highly profitable venture.

This story can serve as a metaphor for our life of faith. Indeed, when we follow Jesus, there are times when we can feel discouraged, frustrated, or even ready to give up. There are moments when our prayers aren’t answered immediately, causing us to question whether God is near.

However, these moments may be the critical junctures where the answer to our supplications is just within our grasp. Difficulties and obstacles are often temporary and can be overcome with determination and perseverance. By maintaining a positive mindset and a strong faith we can push through challenges and see God at work.

This story also emphasizes the importance of learning from obstacles and failures when it comes to evangelization. Instead of letting setbacks discourage us, we can embrace them as valuable lessons. Every challenge we face provides us with valuable knowledge and experience that we can use to bring others closer to Christ.

Overall the story of “Three Feet From Gold” reminds us of the importance of trusting God, persevering through difficult times, and learning from the obstacles we face. It shows us that even in moments of discouragement and setbacks, the answers and blessings we seek may be much closer than we think. Let us demonstrate renewed faith in God’s grace and power, persevering in prayer to overcome adversity and fulfill our purpose of guiding others to Christ.

Pierre-Alain Giffard
Director of Pastoral Work

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