Slow and Steady
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. ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. – Jeremiah 17:7-8
As I reflect on 43 years of life, I am reminded that the work of God is often slow and steady. I am certainly not the man I was when I came to faith at the age of 15. I hope I am not the same man I was last week. It is my hope that I grow a little in faith each day so that the man I was yesterday is closer to Jesus today.
Through all of the good and bad things that have happened to me, God has been a constant companion who is transforming me into the image of Jesus. Some lessons I have learned quickly. Other lessons have been harder and I have been resistant to them. But, the slow and steady work of God continues on my heart with many lessons to learn still before me. I will continue to trust in the Lord through it all as he continues to grow my roots deep down so that fruit will be produced.
Prayer: God, thank you for my of life. Thank you for being my constant companion through it all. I pray that my roots will go down deep and that much fruit in my life will be produced. Help me to be closer to Jesus today than I was yesterday. Amen.