Advent 2017 – Day 24

Waiting is never easy or fun as we have seen throughout this period of Advent. But Christmas is here at last! May God bless you. My gift to you today is to pass along a favorite poem, author unknown but appreciated. Read it aloud and enjoy its words of wisdom as God explains the benefits of the times when you and I sit on the sidelines.


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.”


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


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 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 all 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

save…(for a start),

But you’d not know the depth

or 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 that 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

ones 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,


(author unknown)


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