This is something that I'm constantly having to be reminded of:
"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. And yet, it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability . . . and that it may take a very long time."
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The Making of a Mind: Letters from a Soldier-Priest.