Trust in the Slow Work of God

Trust in the Slow Work of God

Above all, trust in 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 on being on the way to something

unknown, something new. And yet is the law of

all progress that is made by passing through some

stages 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 will make you 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 (1881 – 1955)