“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
This past month I’ve been reflecting on what it looks like to patiently trust the Lord in my life and ministry. I just returned from a Ministry Leadership Summit where Power to Change Leaders gathered at a retreat centre to seek the Lord and pray together. The facilitator reminded us that Jesus walked about three miles an hour! Another ministry leader had a picture in his mind of the Lord being our good Shepherd and we can be like border collie’s circling Him asking Him to move faster.
One thing I’m learning is that the Lord is patient and can be working below the surface and in people’s hearts, including our own — in ways that are beyond tracing out.
A friend recently sent me this poem and I found it helpful in my own reflection. I encourage you to read it and ask the Lord to reveal Himself through it.
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, SJ
excerpted from Hearts on Fire
Donna Mitchell – National Director