The Decision

I’ve learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you’re with me, even when you’re not by my side. – Paul Coelho, Author

In another of his masterpieces entitled: The Problem of Pain, a book that proves why he’s regarded as one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, C.S Lewis puts forth this intuitive argument when discussing the concept of human pain: “Now God, who has made us, knows what we are and that our happiness lies in Him. Yet we will not seek it in Him as long as He leaves us any other resort where it can even plausibly be looked for. While what we call ‘our own life’ remains agreeable we will not surrender it to Him. What then can God do in our interests but make ‘our own life’ less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible source of false happiness?”

Truth is, over the course of our earthly lives here below, the distressing will be our lot, uncountable times. Sadly, sometimes our inquisitive nature is frequently frustrated by the unsatisfactory explanations offered by the enlightened clergymen and persistent scientists. Yet, as we established last week, throughout the twists and turns of life, one constant remains: The Almighty’s presence; For His existence and essence are never obliterated by life’s convoluted happenings. Though at times an extremely bitter pill to swallow, nevertheless it remains an indisputable fact. 

It is in light of this that I share one important decision we ought to make: Learning the art of waiting, especially when life doesn’t make sense due to varied eventualities, you name them. Wait for a breakthrough even the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Wait, even if it’s neither pleasant nor rosy, cultivating patience and resilience. And because my words may fall short of expressing the importance of waiting, I am persuaded that this phenomenal poem by 20th-century clergyman Russell Kelfer instructs us best:

“Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried: Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied. I pleaded and I wept for a clue to my fate, And the Master so gently said, “Child, you must 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? 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 wept 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 would 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 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 I save, for a start, but you’d not know the depth of the beat of my heart… “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’ my answers seem terribly late, my most precious answer of all is still, ‘Wait.’”

As always, a big shout-out to everyone who followed the series and even left behind some encouraging comments. Tune in for yet another series from Weekly gem in the near future. We are ENGAGE. Together, we are ENabling Generations Achieve Greatness via Education.

Cheers folks!!

4 thoughts on “The Decision

  1. Wooow what a way to start our day while we wait we shall search for the heart of God and we will surely find him and and experience him for ourselves.

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