This poem has been sent to me by a couple of people, but tonight my friend Kristi sent it and for some reason it finally hit home. 


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."

"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.

"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."

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 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 tee.
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

"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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  1. WOW! I finished reading that with tears streaming down my face. That poem perfectly describes what I am going through as well. I may have to steal it for my blog in the near future.
    You and your family (especially Sweet Lucy) are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Lean on God--He is strong enough to get you through.

  2. This moved me beyond what words can express. I stumbled upon your blog and have been praying for sweet little Lucy, and your family, but reading the words of that poem, and the thought of going through that sort of pain brought me to tears. I have a friend who has also had a setback of a different kind today, and thinking of the struggles of her and her husband as well....well I'm sitting at my kitchen table bawling my eyes out. It's so powerful when the Spirit moves you when you least expect it. All I can do is pray, and that I can, and will, do.

  3. Oh what a perfect message for me today! Thank you for sharing. I've been praying for Lucy and your whole family since first seeing your blog. My heart goes out to you as I am also a mother watching her child endure much. We are in the hospital today as she undergoes her 14th surgery.
    May our Heavenly Father reveal Himself to you this week in the waiting. May Lucy sense His loving arms around her!!
    Hang in there!

  4. Wow what a great poem..Words of God's Truth. God is blessing you and your family each step of this journey. Praying each day. Robbin Millington Parham

  5. What a beautifully written poem, thank you for sharing this.

    Praying for you all and for patience and understanding that goes beyond all comprehension.


  6. Love this! This Sunday we finished a 6-month study of Job at church and God's plans for us aren't always what we want them to be. But He has a plan and a purpose for us - and for Lucy! Be strong! Your faith is amazing! Praying hard for your family!

  7. Absolutely Beautiful! In Jesus Name we pray for sweet lucy! :) Tina Anne - Eads, TN

  8. Kate,

    I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been praying for your beautiful daughter. I have a 5 year old with special needs and recently I have felt particularly weary. Thank you so much for sharing this poem. It speaks so clearly to everything I am feeling right now, and I hope that it helps you as much as it helped me. I will continue to pray for your family during this journey.


  9. OMGOSH!!!!! That is one the best poems I have ever read. I know it was meant for you, but it was something that I was in need of as well. I think I might have to read that at church. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  10. Wow! That pretty much sums it all up!

  11. Oh my goodness lucy is beautiful. She is truly a fighter!! That poem is really sweet to ! Y'all are some true fighters and you have to be . Please let god be with you all and your family through this time of Lucy's ife. We wish you the best of luck!!!
    GO LUCY GO !!!!!

  12. wow..what an incredible reminder of His love and His provision for us. For Lucy too. I will wait by your side Kate & Lucy for the answers we are all so desperately wanting and needing to hear. We will all wait with you. Believing in a great day and a great report from the doctors. Lots of hugs to Lucy!!! Laura

  13. OMGOSH!!!! That is one of the best poems I have ever read! I am going to have to read that at church sometime. I know it was meant for you, but I was in need of hearing it also. Thank you so much for sharing it!!

  14. I read this today and it made me think of your post:
    Streams in the Desert March 22

    "And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush saying, “I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt" (Acts 7:30, 32, 34).

    That was a long wait in preparation for a great mission. When God delays, He is not inactive. He is getting ready His instruments, He is ripening our powers; and at the appointed moment we shall arise equal to our task. Even Jesus of Nazareth was thirty years in privacy, growing in wisdom before He began His work. --Dr. Jowett

    God is never in a hurry but spends years with those He expects to greatly use. He never thinks the days of preparation too long or too dull.

    The hardest ingredient in suffering is often time. A short, sharp pang is easily borne, but when a sorrow drags its weary way through long, monotonous years, and day after day returns with the same dull routine of hopeless agony, the heart loses its strength, and without the grace of God, is sure to sink into the very sullenness of despair. Joseph's was a long trial, and God often has to burn His lessons into the depths of our being by the fires of protracted pain. "He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver," but He knows how long, and like a true goldsmith He stops the fires the moment He sees His image in the glowing metal. We may not see now the outcome of the beautiful plan which God is hiding in the shadow of His hand; it yet may be long concealed; but faith may be sure that He is sitting on the throne, calmly waiting the hour when, with adoring rapture, we shall say, "All things have worked together for good." Like Joseph, let us be more careful to learn all the lessons in the school of sorrow than we are anxious for the hour of deliverance. There is a "need-be" for every lesson, and when we are ready, our deliverance will surely come, and we shall find that we could not have stood in our place of higher service without the very things that were taught us in the ordeal. God is educating us for the future, for higher service and nobler blessings; and if we have the qualities that fit us for a throne, nothing can keep us from it when God's time has come. Don't steal tomorrow out of God's hands. Give God time to speak to you and reveal His will. He is never too late; learn to wait. --Selected

    "He never comes too late; He knoweth what is best;
Vex not thyself in vain; until He cometh--REST."

    Do not run impetuously before the Lord; learn to wait His time: the minute-hand as well as the hour-hand must point the exact moment for action.

    note from me: I don't know if this will bring comfort to you or not . . .but when I read it, I was nudged by the Holy spirit to send it to you. Praying for all of you!!