Wait – by Russel Kelfer – is a precious poem I stumbled upon a few years ago. I have shared it once before, but wanted to share again. It seems to be a constant battle to wait for the Lord, and yet it is a battle worth pursuing for there is nothing in all the world like the peace and comfort a loving Savior offers in a world of conflict.
We – I – so often want to do, to be, to accomplish. And yet what I need is to know that His grace is sufficient in all circumstances. That His power is made perfect in our weakness. To know how to stand strong in the strength of His might. He faithfully provides and cares for those that are His, and He longs for us to know Him more. To wait for the Lord and see the power of His strength.
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 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 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.
“All you seek I could give 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 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 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 dearest dreams 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 truly know Me.
And though oft’ may My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still, Wait.”
-Wait by Russell KelferWait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! – Psalm 27:14