Yesterday, I was at an amusement park with my three year old grandson. As he went around and around on the swings, he looked for me and waved. At one point, the ride was going so fast that he became disoriented – looking backwards instead of directly towards me.
This reminded me of our lives. Sometimes we look all around, but not directly at God. When our eyes meet, we smile with delight. Imagine how joyful that moment of connection is for God !
“Our hearts have always longed to love,
but have never been free of fear.
So we have always put aside
our natural compassion
and bowed before productivity
But now our vision is clearing,
our fears are lifting,
and we are beginning to see everything
through the eyes of love.”
Trust in the Slow Work of God
by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 1881-1955, Jesuit, Paleontologist, Biologist, Philosopher, and Visionary
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.
Now the moon is full
Long nights of not knowing gone
Awake with purpose
Beauty is always here, waiting to be discovered. The secret to happiness is to find it everywhere, in everyone.
My lifelong quest has been to understand reality and to rest in the mystery when I don’t. The most precious truth I have come to experience is love. It has transformed my sense of self and other. Rumi said it best, as he often does:
Find the real world, give it endlessly away, grow rich flinging gold to all who ask. Live at the empty heart of paradox. I’ll dance there with you—cheek to cheek.