I’ve lived long enough to know that change in anything–or anyone–is usually a gradual process. This holy week I have been thinking of what it means to wait for spiritual change. I find myself waiting at His cross…at His tomb…eagerly anticipating His resurrection anew! It is because of the resurrection I can have ‘patient trust’ as described here:
Patient Trust
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.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (via Ian Cron)
How are you doing with the waiting in your life?
©Brenda Pace 2010

Today I welcome my web creator friend Rochelle as a guest blogger. The lovely photo was taken by her brother Bill Boling who serves as a missionary in Costa Rica. I know you will find both of these amazing views worth a look!

Twists and Turns
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not very concerned about “fitting in” or even being considered “normal.”  In fact, I’d like to know what “normal” is.  Normally, we want life to be smooth…straight…not too many twist and turns.  But I like a little excitement now and then.  I look forward to the “off road” experiences.  The ones filled with bumps that launch me into the air and turns that make me hang on so tight my knuckles turn white.
Old as Mud?
Seems as though the journey that God has entrusted me with has been filled with plenty of those bumps and white knuckle turns and because I’m not normal, I find that I look forward to my off road times.  I must admit that many times the off road stuff causes me to get covered in dirt and mud but the older I get (my daughter would say I’m as old as that mud) the more I realize that the momentary discomfort is well worth the end result.   There is nothing like launching off those bumps right into the arms of God and hanging on so “white knuckle” tight that the fear and weariness give way to the exhilaration of who God is and the growth to be learned in that place.
Yep, I love life’s off road adventures because it is there that I find the most spectacular views of my God and many of my most rewarding encounters with life.

A Fellow Sojourner