“One day a farmer went out sowing.  Part of what he sowed landed on a footpath, where birds came and ate it up.  Part of it fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.  It sprouted at once since the soil had no depth, but when the sun rose and scorched it, it began to wither for lack of roots.  Again, part of the seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked it.  Part of it, finally, landed on good soil and yielded grain a hundred fold.  Let everyone heed what he hears!”  Matt 13:4-9

It is not difficult to catch the drift of what The Lord is talking about here and apply it to our recovery.  Our “soil” must be ready, fertile, moist with a certain amount of sweat and perspiration we put into recovery.  Should we be dry and parched from worldly cares and concerns, the seeds of recovery will not take root.  Should we be seeking self- gratification most of our waking hours, there is little room for working on recovery.

On the other hand, we well know that working the steps of AA have to have the proper climate in which to take root and grow in us.  This was apparent as soon as we made the decision to stop drinking.  However, over time, the steps can recede into the background of our life and not inform all of our life and living.

This week is a good time to renew our dedication to the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.   Remember, too, that the “soil of recovery” takes patience and time to get it to produce stable growth and inner happiness.  It is ground work that significantly pays off in the long haul.  Let us give priority to this work and reap a bountiful harvest!

Prayer of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.

 Above all, trust in the slow work of God.  We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.  We should like to skip the intermediate stages.  We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.  Yet it is the law of all progress that is made by passing through some stages of instability and that may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.  Your ideas mature gradually.  Let them grow.  Let them shape themselves without undue haste.  Do not try to force them on as though you could be today what time – that is to say, grace – and circumstances acting on your own good will can make you tomorrow.  Only God could say what this new Spirit gradually forming in you will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing that His hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.  Above all, trust in the slow work of God, our loving vine-dresser.