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C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.

Inevitable (The)

To face the inevitable is to confront something sacred. As long as anything is uncertain, the roads are open in more than one direction, and right and wrong may have many aspects. But let the issue be determined, let the die be cast, and acceptance and adjustment become our immediate duty. Until God’s will is known, we may work and wrestle and pary to carry our point, to save the day, to win the prize, spurred only the more by the uncertainty of the result. But let the result be known, however dark and disappointing, and we should view it in the light of God’s plan to make us His evident children, and ask what we are to learn, what next we are to do. Chafing, fretting and complaining are more than a waste of time and energy. End that episode with an amen. Refer the inevitable to God, and face the future, not only with knowledge born of new experience, but with the courage born of the faith, that God’s will is always best, and sooner or later will seem best to us.

Maltbie Babcock.