Be Not Quick…

Sometimes, we try to make God fit our time frame, to work at our speed, but God is never in what is rushed.

He is in the slow-growing flower; He is in the wheat that finally breaks through the soil.

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.

-Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. from The Making of the Mind

Lord, help us slow down and learn patience!  Help us to learn to see things in Your time and to just wait…

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I'm a Salesian Sister - a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians. I've given my life to Christ for the young and the poor. My work lately has been vocation work, and this has given me the opportunity to meet some very generous and admirable young people.

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2 comments on “Be Not Quick…
  1. Sister Mary Bonster says:

    Great reflection Sr C!! Thank you. The word “patience” comes from the Latin word for suffering. Gandhiji pointed to the same truth when he said, “…patience is self-suffering.” And when you think about it you will get to the depth his saying.
    Take an analogy – We call people who are sick and are getting treatment somewhere as “patients”.. don’t we? To be a patient is to suffer. A large part of a patient’s suffering is having to be patient and wait for health to be restored. Sometimes it takes a long time. Sometimes it is easy to despair of healing ever coming.
    There are many things that we want to happen in our lives..or other’s lives or, in a bigger scenario, in this world, all of a sudden. We don’t wish to wait. These needs/wants vary from person to person. Some want quick success and recognition in their jobs while some want quick money. It’s truly never ending. Success, recognition, money, happiness, respect, health, friends, life-partners, social status, influence, power, fame and knowledge (the list goes on). Some of them you can achieve and some you cant. (I am not under-estimating anyone’s potential tho’ :)
    The duration that is defined as the time between identification of such a want/need and the actual achievement is what actually tests a person. You may buckle or you may get stronger and more motivated. You may lose out or you may act more judiciously and accurately. But in any of the cases, you will have to suffer a pain .. a pain of wait. UNLESS……..
    you let GO, and let GOD ♥
    The longer you wait for something, the more you APPRECIATE it when you get it, because anything worth having is definitely worth waiting for!!

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials for we know that they are good for us——they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. (check Romans 5:3)

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