Thomas Merton: The reasons for delay and obstacles.


You must realize that it is the ordinary way of God’s dealings with us that our ideas do not work out speedily and efficiently as we like them to. The reason for this is not only the loving wisdom of God, but also the fact that our acts have to fit into a great complex pattern that we cannot possibly understand.

I have learned over the years that Providence is always a whole lot wiser then any of us, and that there are always not only good reasons but the very best reasons for the delays and blocks that often seem to us so frustrating and absurd.

Obstacles have a meaning.

(October 30, 1964)