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)