Are you waiting on God for any area of your life…something in your marriage, with your kids, friends? Maybe it’s a job or a move? We are typically not very good at waiting, but sometimes God calls us to just that. It can be frustrating and discouraging. It can even take a toll on our faith. So why in the world would God require us to do it? Is it just a waste of time? What good might He have in all of it?
Psalm 27:14, Prov. 3:5,6, Hebrews 11:1, Isaiah 40:31, Isaiah 40:31, Hosea 12:6
By Russell Kelfer
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I plead and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said,
“Child, you must 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, I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
I’m weary of asking!
I need a reply!”
Then 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?”
He seemed, then, to kneel,
And His eyes wept with mine,
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.’