In God’s Time

“Merton once told me to quit trying so hard in prayer. He said, ‘How does an apple ripen? It just sits there in the sun.’ A small green apple cannot ripen in one night by tightening  all its muscles, squinting its eyes and tightening its jaw in order to find itself the next morning miraculously large, red, ripe, and juicy beside its small green counterparts. Like the birth of a baby or the opening of a rose, the birth of the true self takes place in God’s time. We must wait for God, we must be awake; we must trust in his hidden action in us,” James Finley

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