Patient Trust

I had a friend ask me once:  “Why would you want to write about all of your life experiences on a blog that anyone could read?”  I think its because it is so exciting to see the work God is doing in my life that I want to share it.  Its also really neat to look back on my posts of the last few months to see how far He has taken me.  A couple of things came across my radar screen this week that meant a lot in my journey.

My daily devotional in my e-mail box comes from the Church of the Saviour in Washington DC.  I’ve always admired their work from a distance and their daily e-mail comes from http://www.inwardoutward.org/

Patient Trust

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

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.

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.

Source: unknown

I love that last phrase ..”accept the anxiety..”  Its amazing how emotional shifts and events in my life, just make me want to give up because I feel like I am getting nowhere.  I have very little patience for waiting on the work that God is (slowly) perfecting in me.

The second blip on my radar screen that meant a lot to me this week was the new song from Kutless.  “What Faith Can Do.”  This one is getting a lot of play time on my iPod during my morning walks.  The YouTube link is below.

Next week my Character Makeover topic is Perseverance.  I can’t wait to see what that one holds!

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