“Development” is a poem by St John of the Cross
St John of the Cross lived from 1542-1591 and has long been recognized as one of the world’s great mystical poets. His verse reveals a profound, tender experience of divine communion.
Once I said to God, “How do you teach us?”
And He replied,
“If you were playing chess with someone who had infinite power and infinite knowledge and wanted to make you a master of the game, where would all the chess pieces be at every moment?
Indeed, not only where he wanted them, but where all were best for your development;
And that is every situation of one’s life.”