Sunday, January 22, 2012

We must WAIT...


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! 

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."

" WAIT "

3 comments:

Araya said...

Oh, wow. What perfect timing. What a perfect poem. I can fit myself in perfectly. And oh, how true it is. Thank you so much, Melody, for following His prompting to post this. Maybe I should change my cry to "Lord give me patience... Teach me to accept."

Sara said...

I've been in the valley of decision for some weeks now, seeking God's will on some potentially life-altering decisions, and Melody I am beginning to see how true these words are...
"...but, you wouldn't know me....You'd never experience that fullness of love As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove... you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
The glow of My comfort late into the night....the greatest of gifts is to know me."

This poem is *so* incredibly beautiful...so inspired. And just what I needed this morning.

*Thank you* for sharing this...and may He continue to give you His peace as you wait on Him.

Melanie said...

This is one of my favorite poems...read it for the first time in a book on emotional purity. Thank you for sharing, Melody! May we wait on the Lord, quietly, trustingly, and serve Him with abandon, diligently.

May He bless your day,
~Melanie