When Waiting is Difficult

Tags: painting / patience / Pierre Teilhard de Chardin / waiting

Waiting is not always easy. So many times we want to push things forward, we want them now, rather than later. More and more I come to realize how much goodness there is in waiting as well. This painting is a reminder to enjoy the waiting, to enjoy the place you’re in. To be fully where you are now.

It reminds me of the poem ‘Patient Trust’ written by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin that says:

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.

Painting made by me with watercolors, acrylics and acrylic ink on watercolor paper.