A MOMENT TO REFLECT

3 June 2020

A Moment to Reflect -32

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” ― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

They’ve been promising to burst into bloom for weeks now but the thing about peonies is that they have their own idea of when it’s time to do so. Yesterday the first of our peony blooms finally took the plunge and opened up to the sun that has been with us throughout most of this month …just in time for the clouds to appear and the temperature to fall.

Yesterday’s quotation was about kindness — one aspect of the `’fruit of the Spirit.” [Galatians 5:22-23] The fruit of the Spirit also includes patience.

These last few weeks of ‘lockdown’ and ‘social distancing’ have been a test of patience for many (if not most) of us —for we live in quite impatient times, expecting instant answers to our questions (thank you Google) and instant solutions to our problems (alas, no Google for that!)

But patience (along with its cousin persistence) does have its own rewards as the writer Rainer Maria Rilke pointed out.

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet