Spiritual transformation doesn’t take place on Sunday when we get what we want. It takes place on Saturday while we’re waiting. It’s what is forged while we’re waiting, hoping, trusting, [and working] even though we have yet to receive that for which we long.
Or as Sue Monk Kidd (When the Heart Waits) put it:
Transformations come only as we go the long way round, only as we’re willing to walk a different, longer, more arduous, more inward, more prayerful route. When you wait, you’re deliberately choosing to take the long way, to go eight blocks instead of four, trusting that there’s a transforming discovery lying pooled along the way.
When Jim and I were working hard to “transform” a bankrupt company, I hung a framed farmfield print (cut from a calendar), above my desk. Beneath the picture it said:
There is no royal road to anything…That which grows fast, withers as rapidly.That which grows slowly endures.Josiah Gilbert Holland