Friday, October 24, 2008

Ok, I think I have this figured out. The resources on this websight are free to be used, and I am telling where I got this poem, so I'm pretty sure I can post the whole thing here.

WAIT
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."
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"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.
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"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.
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"You promised, dear Lord, 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."
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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?"
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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.
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"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.
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"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.
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"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.
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"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.
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"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.
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"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."
©Russell Kelfer. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Quote

J. Packer said: “There is tremendous relief in knowing that His love to me is utterly realistic based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery can now disillusion Him about me.”

Him

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
I’ve never really applied these to soulwinning, to now. “He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” This October I attended the first meeting of a Girl’s Discipleship Training Program that meets once a month until spring. Already, I’ve been reminded, encouraged, excited, and ‘sharpened’ to press toward the mark! I realized I have been focusing on what I knew I should do for God, trying to force myself to say or do what I should, and it hasn’t been totally working. While there it hit me. If HE is my focus, my goal, and aim, everything else, including service for Him – witnessing etc.- will come naturally. I need to center my attention on Him, on seeking Him, on knowing Him, on my relationship with Him. God is the one who created me, has a plan for me, and is able to see to it that I accomplish His will. I’ve been trying to do it in His strength, but if I’m not close to Him, how can that work? He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Is Jesus my only Way, the Truth I live by and for, and my very Life? “Christ is all and in all.” “I am the resurrection and the life” “Christ who is our life” All I can say is, “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.” (Ps. 57:2)

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