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"The Slow Work of God"

Sunday, April 27, 2014

“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

Chardin died in 1955. A French philosopher who was a Jesuit priest; his words seem out of touch and dusty with today’s Blue Ray players, high speed internet and smart phones. The rock band Queen sang many years ago “I want it all and I want it now!!” Admit it or not, that anthem has pretty much become our mantra, proudly displayed wherever we go.

Success today, right here and right now!!!

Yet, if we take a moment and allow Chardin’s words to slowly seep into our consciousness we begin to realize that he was right.

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.”

We live in a “pour water on it and watch it grow” sorta world today. We want, nay we DEMAND answers in real time and when we don’t get those answers we move on to something or someone who promises us, valid or not, the things we want in the right-here-and-now.

Next year we celebrate 50 years since his death. While I’d studied him in college, I’d forgotten about him until my good friend and most exceptional writer and philosopher TRIANGLE-WOMAN sent me a Goodie and suggested I “look him up.” What it caused me to do was root through some old boxes this weekend to find some of his books I’d long since forgotten. They are treasures

If you get a chance stop by her page and peruse through her blogs. Like Chardin, TRIANGLE-WOMAN is a well kept secret that God meant for us to enjoy.

Slow down and enjoy today

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUMPINJULIE 5/1/2014 3:02AM

    Great post.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 4/28/2014 11:47AM

    Thanks for the shout out John. So many of Teilhard's ideas struck me as similar to your style of thinking. However, his sentences can run 60-90 words long which requires me to slow down!!

Another fav. quote of mine:

"The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."

Let's keep Sparking ourselves and others so that we may ignite the world one day!!


Comment edited on: 4/28/2014 11:55:56 AM

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WATERDIAMONDS 4/28/2014 8:16AM

    Thank you. I'll check out Triangle-Woman today.

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LYNMEINDERS 4/28/2014 4:50AM

    This is brilliant...thankyou so so much....
Never heard of the guy but like what he wrote.....soo true....

Slow down and smell the roses....we miss that at times as we are going too fast

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NASFKAB 4/28/2014 12:52AM

  great blog must go to TRIANGLE WOMAN'S blog thanks

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    I enjoyed your blog. Thank you.

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SANDRALEET 4/27/2014 6:25PM

    God started to show me whats important in life 10 years ago Like most It toke time to grasp true meaning

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REJ7777 4/27/2014 6:17PM

    I had to chuckle at the picture you chose to illustrate how silly we can be when we try to rush God's work in our lives!

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THINNYGINNY 4/27/2014 6:14PM

    Hi John,
I have read your blogs many times and enjoyed them - this one really resonated with me. It reminded me of something I knew long ago but had allowed myself to forget.. I am about to turn 49 and have been feeling like I need to know what the next chapter of life is meant to be kiddos are growing up and need less of my time and I have been wondering what is wrong with me that I don't know exactly what I should be doing with my time or if I should get a job outside the home right now or wait a bit (youngest son only has one more year til middle school.) I have felt like I should HURRY UP. This quote reminded me that God is hard at work in my life to shape and direct...and I don't need to know everything all at once. I just printed it out and am going to read it every morning for awhile. Thank you!!

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