Slowly but Surely

Friday 31st March
Ephesians 2:20
Build on a firm foundation, with Christ Jesus the cornerstone

We build a life of prayer by steps and stages.
– Lorraine Kisley

About 18 months ago I began jogging again after many years.
One thing was clear from the first time I set out for a run
was that I was going to have to take it slowly!
The last time I had done any running was in my early 30’s
and now I was in my mid 50’s
it was going to take my body time to get used to it.
I bought an excellent book on running for beginners
that set out a planned schedule
that would eventually get you running for 45-60 minutes
but did it in steps and stages.
It began by a mixture of walking and jogging,
more walking than jogging;
then slowly but surely got you doing more jogging than walking
and finally jogging the whole thing.
Had I tried to run before I could walk
I would have failed miserably
and no doubt given up on the idea very quickly.
Building a life of prayer needs to be done slowly,
in steps and stages.
If we suddenly decide we are going to have the prayer life of a nun,
we will likely soon become disillusioned with the whole idea
and give up.
A foundation for prayer needs to be realistic and built up slowly,
adding little bits here and there over a period of time.
The structure of prayer we slowly build in to our day
becomes the trellis around which everything else grows and flows.

Trust in the Slow Work of God by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We would like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something,
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 it may take a very long time.
Above all trust in the slow work of God,
our loving vine dresser