With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Wait

Sunday, January 25, 2009


By Russell Kelfer
November 14, 1933 – February 3, 2000

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 I’m claiming Your word.

My future and all to which I 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’ll resign.

You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
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 again, “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 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.
You’d 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 are all you can see.

You’d 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 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 ask
from 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 dearest dreams overnight would come true,
but oh, the loss, if you missed what I’m 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’.”


Lady Farmer said...

Oh, my! I am still learning to "wait". The hardest thing for me to learn.
Thanks for the encouragement!

Mildred said...

What beautiful words to share this morning.

Nadine said...

Just what I need to read this morning. Thank you.

lilyvalley said...

Thank you so much for this. It is the 13th anniversary of my son's death and every year, I struggled with the question, Why? I think this is my answer. God bless you.

Barb said...

Good morning.
Thanks for visitng me, and checking out my blogs.
I thinking waiting, which I would connect with trusting, is one of the hardest parts of life.
I'm grateful the Lord is so patient and understanding towards us.

We'll keep in touch.

Blessings on your day, and week!!!

Barbara Jean

Michelle Palmer said...

Such a wonderful blog! Glad you stopped by mine & your name will be put in my "bucket" twice~ ;)
Nice to meet you!
Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week~

So blessed! said...

Today as I was listening to K-Love on the radio while driving to work, I heard the song by John Waller called "While I'm Waiting" from the movie Fireproof. I thought about your WAIT post from yesterday. God is so good each day at making the connections we need. Your post is lovely.

So blessed! said...

Oh, forgot to tell you that Raider is a cutie like my Fritzy too. Thanks for stoppin by blog.


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