Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Trust in the Slow Work of God

This is a poem I discovered at CREDO.



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.

Yet it is the law of all progress that is made
by passing through some stages of instability
and that 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.

Do not 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 you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new Spirit
gradually forming in 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.

Above all, trust in the slow work of God,
our loving vine-dresser.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

4 comments:

Ab said...

What an amazing discovery.

I'm a children's minister at an Episcopal church in Virginia, and just stumbled across your blog--I'm hooked.

Bryan Owen said...

Thanks for sharing, Ab. I live and work in Jackson, MS, and I just happen to be at the Roslyn Conference Center in Richmond, VA right now!

May God bless you in your ministry.

Jen said...

What a remarkable piece - I had never seen this poem before. It goes in my notebook for Easter 5B, 2012!

Hope all is going well at CREDO... I'm impressed that you have the wherewithal to blog from there!

Bryan Owen said...

Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm for this poem, Jennifer. It is, indeed, a remarkable piece.

I haven't had much time for blogging while here. Mostly just enough time and energy to stay in touch and then get back to plenary sessions, small groups and reflection. Things are winding down now on the last full day. It's been a good week.

I hope all goes with preaching this morning at St. Andrew's Cathedral. I'm sorry to miss it.