The Slow Work of Nature


I remember once walking through a trail near my home.  Off to the side of the trail there was a vine which had grown all around a rock which had been placed obtrusively in its path.  I thought to myself how amazing it is that the vine found a way to grow in spite of the fact that it was being blocked.

When we are struggling and feeling like we are alone, someone might give us the counsel to take our time.  On the surface we may balk at such advice.  “Fix things!” Or “find a solution” may be the dominant narrative in our heads.

Yet, sometimes (often times) we can’t fix things.  Sometimes what is really needed is for us to take a break, and to allow our bodies, our minds, and spirits to allow a way forward to come through.

Here is where we can see the slow work of nature happening.  Without our conscious awareness, that is when we simply relax and let go,  it can happen where problems no longer become problems, new habits are formed and become second nature and we find that mountains simply needed a change in perspective to see them for what they really were.

It is no wonder that the Lord gives his people the advice that “By waiting and by calm you shall be saved” (Isaiah 30:15).  Indeed, there is something courageous and downright human about the individuals who can hold onto hope in spite of the fact that things seem to be falling apart around them.

Let us to find strength in the counsel to wait, be patient, and allow the Lord to show us a way.

Raj Vijayakumar works at the Villa St. Martin in Montreal helping with retreat work

  • Michelle Mahoney
    Posted at 08:27h, 06 June Reply

    Counter-cultural and…..So true!

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 10:25h, 06 June Reply

    Thank you Raj!

  • Sister Julianne Blanchard, DC
    Posted at 12:57h, 07 June Reply

    Thank you for a lovely small meditation!

  • above
    Posted at 16:30h, 11 June Reply

    Wonderful — so proud to see that Raj is working at L’Arche — and of course Vanier just died recently.
    What a wonderful man who did so much good.

    Rosemary Hoppe, OP
    Loyola New Orleans — 1959 and 1979

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