Saturday, October 6, 2012
The Greater Gift
I find waiting hard. Despite all the many chances I've had to wait on the Lord in the past, somehow its never easy to do in the present. However, looking back on all the miraculous ways God has moved in the past does give me confidence in His wisdom, perfect timing and goodness.
God has been sending me many reminders lately to wait on Him. The latest one came from a poem a friend posted on their blog. It talks about someone who is praying for something specific and claiming God's promises in faith. They become impatient and discontent with God's constant answer of "Wait". In the last part of the poem God explains how He is able to send signs and move mountains, but how we would miss the most important lesson of all if we never had to wait on Him.
...“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.”
Author: Russell Kelfer
I was convicted with the truth of it...the greatest gift is to know God our Father! Nothing else compares. God hears our prayers but, in His tender love and wisdom, He sees our need of Him as greater than our need for immediate answers. He will not ignore our fervent petitions for healing , jobs , relationships or whatever may be pressing on our mind. In His perfect time He will move. But we have the more precious gift in the meantime...more Of Him!