God’s creative, loving purpose is not put off by our occasional confusion or mistakes. Only unwillingness gets in his way. The one question that matters is: Lord, what would you have me be and do? Even to ask this question needs grace. To be willing to live in accord with God’s will is a further grace.
Jesus often compared the growth of the spiritual life to the growth of a plant. Over a lifetime Jesus achieves what he wants to achieve and that is all that matters. Sometimes when we take time for prayer to get our bearings the process by which God is leading us may seem to be exceedingly slow and the distractions and failures never-ending. Then he may say, in our hearts: “Let go of your concerns for a while and abide with me. Your soul needs to breathe. Let it breathe.” Again and again in our journey of faith Jesus reminds us: “I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore, I have called you” (Jer 31).
When I am impatient, Lord, with myself or with life, remind me of the larger vision which is your own. If you are with me what thing or circumstance can be against me? I trust in your guidance of my life.