The Slow Work of God


I have to admit that more often than not, I’m impatient with myself, others, God and life in general. I already want to arrive without going through the painful process of the journey. No one wants pain, especially me who have such little tolerance for it. But with so much that I have gone through, I have learned that more than the results, the pilgrimage is more important. At the end of the day, I have to learn to trust because my life is not in my hands… it is in His hands.

~ Marisa

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 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 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.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ