July 23

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 23: “Above all, trust in the slow work of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Isn’t that the definition of faith? I think so. And I like it. All the world revolves around the slow work of God. There was a time in my very early recovery when I got to see how the Universe operates to restore me when I am full of resentment.

There were several people who donated money each year to help someone in early recovery. That particular year, I got an old beater car. It was great, because I got to take a new job and it changed my life in ways I cannot imagine not being changed.

Some of the people who donated were folks I had resentments toward (2 of them!) And I had to let go of that, because they were helping me. BTW, neither of them ever even knew I was resentful! Haha! So, I wrote beautiful thank you cards to these folks and got over my resentments rather quickly. Another that I did not particularly like needed a huge favor from me a few months later, and I gave it without even thinking about my previous resentment.

Oh! This is how it works, I thought. I am in a position to either receive or bestow something meaningful to that person, and POOF! Away go the resentments. It doesn’t always happen like that. But, I do know that the lesson has slowly come to pass that I am resentful because I see someone as being wrong. I am judging them, and this hurts me WAY more than it does them. Always.

The slow work of God is that I am aware now of being in judgment. Okay!

I am in need of slowing down most of the time. Now my body is slowing me down A LOT! I do not like it, but I get a great laugh from time to time at how much fun I have when I am more patient with the process and not demanding instant results. There have been some real interesting challenges with this since I began moving a few weeks ago. Today, another one!

I was so happy to be getting my couch delivered this morning…it will look so pretty. And there was a delivery truck at my home early in the delivery time frame. But…the wrong couch and in the wrong color! Uhoh! So much for that! So, I re-ordered the couch and we shall see how it all comes down. I was surprisingly patient with the whole thing. Maybe because I am more accepting of how long it is taking me to get my home set up anyway. Lots of delays because I am physically limited and not very good with a drill. Haha!

So, I am trusting in the slow work of God and man today. We are all just shuffling homeward anyway, right? Well, I know I am…and it is a very nice day…

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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