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Old 10-30-2012, 11:55 AM   #2986
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by Russell Kelfer

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, 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 Im claiming your Word.

My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
Im needing a yes, a go-ahead sign,
Or even a no to which I can resign.

You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord Ive been asking, and this is my cry:
Im weary of asking! I need a reply.

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate,
As my Master replied again, Wait.
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
And grumbled to God, So, Im waiting for what?

He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met 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.

I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
Youd have what you want, but you wouldnt know Me.
Youd not know the depth of my love for each saint.
Youd not know the power that I give to the faint.

Youd not learn to see through clouds of despair;
Youd not learn to trust just by knowing Im there.
Youd not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.

Youd never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But youd 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 thats beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.

Youd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what Im doing in you.

So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still . . . Wait.

Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
America will only be the land of the free so long as it is the home of the Brave
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