I have posted bits of this prayer by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin before. I like it because I am impatient by nature – I want to rush on to the end of the task and skip all the bits in the middle that I think are pointless. I am a ‘big picture’ person and I find all the details and the minutiae quite frustrating, especially if the ending seems obvious to me.
So it was good to be reminded of the slow work of God, especially when so much in life and in ministry is in suspense and incomplete …in this life at least 🙂
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 of being on the way
to something unknown,
Yet it is the law of all progress that is made
by passing through some stages of instability
and that 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.
Do not try to force them on
as though you could be today what time
-that is to say, grace –
acting on your own good will
will make you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new Spirit
gradually forming in 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.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God,
our loving vine-dresser.
Picture is of cliffs on the Dorset Coast by Dave from his old districtblog