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TRUST…in the slow work of GOD

Nov 8, 2010
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I saw this on Ian Cron’s blog a couple of days ago and thought it was so fitting, especially in light of my “Becoming” post from a few days ago.  It’s a prayer from the Jesuit, Fr Teihard de Chardin.

(Speaking of Jesuits, I just started reading a book this morning entitled, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Jesuit priest, Anthony de Mello.)

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We would 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 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,
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of 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.


5 Responses to “TRUST…in the slow work of GOD”

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  2. Laura says:

    I have learned above all else, “That HIS will be done”, not mine and certainly not in my time, but his. I have often been impatient with not receiving the answers to the questions I have asked, and because of that, I have found that not getting those answers (at least the ones I thought I should get) has allowed me to have opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise. So in essence I have gotten answers, just not what I was expecting.

  3. Tammy says:

    So true, yet so hard, for many of us in this fast paced, instant gratification world that we live in.

  4. Jennifer Prim says:

    Wow! U always seem to post exactly what I need – at the just the right time. Thank u. Seriously appreciate and love u pastor Scott!

  5. mike brennan says:

    I needed to read that. right where i’m camped out. Thanks for posting.

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