In evolution it’s the small incremental changes that eventually, over time, lead to quantum leaps — to actual changes of state — as Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit Priest and renowned scientist, proclaimed in his world changing theory of evolution, The Phenomenon of Man.
Big changes occur when the seeds which have been planted mature and are ready to blossom. And it takes as long as it takes.
As we lovingly nurture the seeds of love, truth, justice and forgiveness, they eventually blossom and our lives transform.
Years ago I read this sign in a museum:
“There will come a time in life when all you have to stand on is what
you’ve already stood for”
The truth of this sunk deeply into my heart.
I began taking this stand for love by noticing, becoming aware, over and over again what was going on in my mind. What was I thinking and feeling? Was I obstructing Godlove? Or surrendering to it?
In all honesty I had to face myself. I found when I tightened up physically, I was fighting against what is happening, against the very flow of life.
The result was fear, anger and cynicism.
This was how I caved and did not stand for God’s everpresent love.
And these were the very times I began to choose something new.
Over time this became more habitual. Each time I noticed myself in those doldrums again and feeling overwhelmed, I stopped, breathed deeply and reflected on my mood. I journaled. I cried and I asked God for help.
I remembered that I really wanted to express God love, and I didn’t seem to be doing it.
Once again I made the decision to love myself, for I realized so deeply how I had to depend on the mercy of God. I could not do this work alone.
Over time small changes took place that eventually brought me out onto a new avenue where I could hope and joy glimmered.
An affirmation that has been helpful is “proceed as way opens.” Let the grace of God do its work.
In these ways I remembered the truth that we are all God’s creation, absolutely loved and cherished by the universe.
I felt stronger and could rely on God when things seemed the darkest.
It is true that the stand we take in small moments becomes a platform that holds us steady when things get tough.
Within us is an energy, something real in spite of the fact that we can’t see, hear, taste, feel or touch it, that sustains us in difficulty.
We won’t believe it until we experience it. And we won’t experience it until we believe it. Sort of a catch 22.
We have to act on what is invisible to the eye, and do this over and over.
Visualizing invisible arms of love holding us and bringing us home gives us true comfort!
Each time we do this we are planting seeds of truth in God’s fertile energy field.
Even when we see no desirable outcome and have given up all hope, we can make the choice to believe God is here, and that God is working to bring forth harmony and peace.
Doing this over and over in those small difficult situations when we would like to give up will, in time, lead to something beautiful.
This is sort of like “fake it ‘til you make it.”
And then we may wonder how it happened. Well, it’s the grace of God.
It’s the Father within that does the work, as Jesus taught.