Sunday, February 21, 2016

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
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.

9 comments:

Ted Webb said...

When you look at the Universe and all that is in it time to me is not in the equation,

Quinn Satterwaite said...

Not a fan of Teilhard de Chardin.

He denies original sin so what is the point of Redemption. We are all just evolving along in our Ophrahood.

Margery Bills said...

I am not born again like so many people around here. So I do not need to be worked on and saved and go to their church. I have a personal relationship with my creator and always have. Even though I do not advertise it and parade around here proclaiming that I am superior and should look down on you and get my off the wall church thug friends to back me up like so many of the saved people. So I remain silent mostly and God is the judge because He knows our hearts. It is not my place to judge but I can observe and make choices for myself. And resentment is something else I can't afford.

Margery Bills said...

By the way, I like your post for Sunday.

Margery Bills said...

It is a gift to be able to carry the message like John.

John Wells said...

I sent an email to Pastor John Wiley who included the quote in his sermon yesterday; expressing concern about Teilhard's philosophies although the quote made perfect sense in regard to the teaching. This was his response: "Yes, Teihard was a work in progress like the rest of us. I don't agree with will all that he wrote however I do find value in many of his writings. Here is a question that I ask myself. "If a person has some thinking that does not line up with my thinking does it benefit me to throw out all they have to say?" My answer is, "No, it does not benefit me." I have found that those who only listen to those who agree with their views end up living in a closed off world. Consequently they end up no longer growing. I love reading views that challenge my thought processes."

Will Pugh said...

I rather speak but not to track up your mind.
Swampman

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Shawn Ruth said...

I'm more concerned about making my thinking line up with the Scriptures. I want to be a man whose mind is so saturated with the Bible that it flows out of me so naturally and freely. I recently rededicated/recommited my life to Christ. I want to get it right this time while I still have a chance.