Lord, above all I trust in your slow work. I am quite naturally impatient with everything, to reach the end without delay. I should like to skip the intermediate stages. I am 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. God, only you can say what this new spirit gradually forming within me will be. Lord, I give you the benefit of believing that your hand is leading me, and accept the anxiety of feeling myself in suspense, and incomplete. –   Pierre Tielhard de Chardin


A friend shared this remarkable quote with me this morning. It is so difficult to say, “I trust in your slow work.” I don’t want to say that. I don’t want to have to say that, because I want God to work instantaneously and preferably painlessly to bring me into a “full life.”

Would you join me in making this prayer part of your devotions this week?