Trust the Process
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
“How long, O LORD? I cry for help, but you do not listen! I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not intervene. ... Then the LORD answered me and said: “… for the vision still has its time. If it delays, wait for it. It will surely come.” (Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4)
In today’s first reading the Prophet Habakkuk appears to be having a rather heated dialogue with God. Habakkuk laments injustices enacted on the Judahite community, and God responds with the not so satisfying, “All will be well. Just give it time!”
Recently I visited with two separate colleagues. I asked how their sons liked school. Each woman shared a humorous story of homework woes. At the time, each child, in his mother’s recollection, spent more time complaining about the homework than actually completing the assignments. Each woman’s imitation of the homework conversation included the whining and resistance of a child who would rather be eating dirt than putting pencil to paper and writing the alphabet or solving math problems.
Perhaps the lament came out of fear of failure. Maybe it just didn’t seem fair that mom and dad didn’t have homework, too. Regardless of the underlying cause of the lament, a parent knows a child will succeed in learning only if he or she practices the process — all will be well. Just give it time.
In essence, the message to Habakkuk and to us is to trust and persist with the process. This is the way to justice and success in bringing about the will of God.
When I am tempted to whine or call, “foul!” O God,
help me confirm my faith in You
by accepting the grace of patient persistence. Amen.
Sister Roxanne Seifert
Vice President of Mission Integration, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 • Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 • Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 • Luke 17:5-10