Never go ahead of grace by an imprudent eagerness, but quietly await its movements, and, when it comes to you, go along with it, with great gentleness, humility, fidelity and courage.
Fr. Jean-Pierre Medaille
Have you ever had such dear and special friends that as a thought pops into mind or you experience something just a little special, you try to make a mental note to share that with them? That’s how I’ve felt this past month. Something would happen and I’d think, I must share that with the folks on an Unfinished World! But then life got away from me. Holidays, an extended illness (fully recovered now) and some family needs that kept pulling me into other places with no room spiritually or physically to write. But you were ever present in my heart.
It was hard to let go of feeling obligated to write something every week. There was a sense of shirking my duties if I hadn’t produced an essay or recruited someone to write in my stead. Letting go is lot easier said than done. That is one of the challenges of living in these times. How do we stay open, reflective and sharing with one another when we are pulled in so many directions? Especially as we hold responsibilities as care-givers for family or are forced to be realistic with our physical limitations. And while I did often find myself thinking of something to say, the Way never quite opened to get it in writing. As difficult as it was I finally surrendered and it was good to rest.
Quotas, obligations, and getting things done are only useful as tools that prompt and motivate. When they become the reason and not the means to accomplish a better world, then I’ve lost the point and sometimes stopping is the only way to start again. Often having the humility to never “go ahead of grace” is much more difficult than expected. But surrendering to the great gentleness can be balm for the soul, in this unfinished world. Because if I remember that I am in this with Spirit, then I need not be so anxious. I can take courage that all will be well with grace and if I am faithful, even in resting great things will be done.
How have you been? I’d love to hear how things are in your journey today.
On the path,