Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


The slow work of God

a slot canyon in Utah
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.

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 them 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.
—the Rev. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)


  • At 3/15/2006 8:09 PM, Blogger Celeste said…

    I love that poem.
    One way I can related to that is about smoking. When I finally gave up worrying about it and admitted to God I couldn't quit, I began noticing other things He was showing me that I thought I couldn't do. It was very gradual, several years, but it was setting up circumstances to look back on and know without a doubt that it was Him working.
    "Trust the slow work of God" we want it now, or yesterday preferrably.
    Thanks for the blog.


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