In this morning’s daily e-mail from MINemergent is a quote from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin that I saw at least twice last week in my Twitter feed. It reminds me of something that is hard to want to remember and I think in this day and age hard to want to believe. But, it is true.
“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.”
On some Monday mornings, not all, but some, there has been a sense that the changes that need to occur in people’s lives are not taking place fast enough. It is as if praying more and reading the Bible more (especially the entire Bible) will speed up the process of advancement (read, growth) in a person’s soul.
I then stop to remember my own long, slow, journey of faith and the struggles between good and evil within me, that often today feel much stronger than they ever have before. Has praying more and reading the Bible all the way through helped me grow faster? Maybe.some.
But soul work is hand (or I should say God) crafted work. And if the disciples were still works in progress when Jesus ascended back to the Father, then I am better than them?
I doubt it!
“…We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without delay… 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.