Monday, January 16, 2006

Trust In the Slow Work of God


Above all, trust the slow work of God.
We are, quite naturally,
impatient in everything to reach the end
without delay.
We should like to skip
the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on
the way to something unknown,
something new,
and yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stage of instability –
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually –
let them grow,
let them shape themselves,
without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today
what time (that is to say, grace and
circumstances acting
on your own good will)
will make them tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of
feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

~ Teilhard de Chardin

1 comment:

Becki said...

Now wouldn't you know this is one that didn't come to me by way of an introductory email.
So, better late than never, I read it, and it seems to strike a chord. I've lately become very acquainted with my "hurry-up" side. It doesn't come out very often, but with matters international, it has surfaced!
As usual, you, through de Chardin, speak to my condition!
Love you!