A timely poem

A blogger friend of mine posted this today on her site Falling Into Favor… it is incredibly applicable in my life right now and I hope it ministers to all who read it as well.

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried:
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, “Child, you must wait.”
“Wait, you say, wait?” my indignant reply.
“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is Your hand shortened? Or have You not heard?
By faith, I have asked, and am claiming your Word.
My future and all to which I can relate
Hangs in the balance, and YOU tell me to WAIT?
I’m needing a “yes”, a go-ahead sign,
Or even a “no” to which I can resign.
And Lord, You promised that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord, I’ve been asking, and this is my cry,
I’m weary of asking! I need a reply!”
The quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, “You must wait.”
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
And grumbled to God, “So I’m waiting . . . for what?”
And He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.
All you seek, I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want, But you wouldn’t know Me.
“You’d not know the depth of my love for each saint;
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint;
You’d not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there;
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence were all you could see.
“You’d never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove;
You’d know that I give and I save . . . for a start,
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My Heart.
“The glow of my comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you asked
Of an infinite God, who makes what you have last.
“You’d never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that ‘My Grace is sufficient for thee.’
Yes, your dreams for your loved one overnight would come true,
But, Oh the Loss! If I lost what I’m doing in you!
“So be silent, My Child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft’ may My answers seem terribly late,
my most precious answer of all is still, ‘Wait.’”
-Unknown Author
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livadair

Follower of Jesus, wife, homeschooling mom to three kids (soon to be four!), and lover of pizza, chocolate, reading, hiking, and temperatures that fall between 60 and 70 degrees.

3 thoughts on “A timely poem”

  1. This poem is ministering to me in so many ways. Reading it, i can see that God has rest for me in my patience, if i only will accept it. I make a decision today to accept it, i will wait patiently on the Lord and He will give me rest in my patience. I am getting excited!!! Thank you for posting.

    TB

  2. I see the great writer TB was here!

    I found the most adorable thing about waiting/silence. Something I’m sure that you’re familiar with…as Oswald Chambers peeked my curiosity after your mom mentioned it in an email.

    “Has God trusted you with His silence— a silence that has great meaning? God’s silences are actually His answers.

    Just think of those days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything comparable to those days in your life? Can God trust you like that, or are you still asking Him for a visible answer?

    His silence is the sign that He is bringing you into an even more wonderful understanding of Himself.

    Are you mourning before God because you have not had an audible response? When you cannot hear God, you will find that He has trusted you in the most intimate way possible— with absolute silence, not a silence of despair, but one of pleasure, because He saw that you could withstand an even bigger revelation.

    If God has given you a silence, then praise Him— He is bringing you into the mainstream of His purposes.”

  3. Thank you to both of you for your comments. I apologize because I am terrible about responding to comments sometimes! But I appreciate everyone who takes time to read and respond with feedback. You both bless me with your words.

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