Sometimes I need to hear things more than once. Sometimes I need a little help in the “trust” department. Most of the time my journey feels far more like the second picture (below) than the first.
This weekend I was especially grateful for an informal time of Spiritual Direction with Bob Pearson at St. Francis Springs. During the course of our conversation, he shared this beautiful Prayer of Teilhard de Chardin with me:
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
excerpted from Hearts on Fire
I was deeply grateful for the opportunity to share this beautiful prayer with dear friends the following morning (reminder #2).
AND you might imagine my delight when, later that day, I turned the page of a book I was reading to find this (reminder #3):
On the off chance that YOU, too, might benefit from this prayer in whatever season you find yourself, here it is as a phone screen saver download. Enjoy. 🙂