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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 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.”


  • saleire
    saleireabout 5 years ago

    Stunning image….love this!

  • Thank you so much:)

    – Marie Sharp

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    this is really beautiful Marie and a fave for me.x

  • Thank you so much, Catherine:)xx

    – Marie Sharp

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 5 years ago

    What stunning piece of work!

  • Thank you so much, Miss Karen:)

    – Marie Sharp

  • Carol Clifford
    Carol Cliffordabout 5 years ago

    Marie, this is so beautiful and inspirational.

  • Thank you so much, Carol:)

    – Marie Sharp

  • Lilbits
    Lilbitsabout 5 years ago

    Wow!!!!!! Beautiful Work Hun:))))))))xoxoxo

  • Hello Trena,
    I’ve missed seeing you on RB. Hope all is well with you and your family. Thank you so much for your nice comments:)xxxx

    – Marie Sharp

  • trisha22
    trisha22about 5 years ago

    Beautiful statue and I like what you have done with the colors. The poem is so beautiful and so very true of how we are and how we want it fixed “right now” Could only have been written by someone who has been through some things and has learned some things while going through the journey. Hugs to you,

  • One of our pastors shared this poem with our Sunday School class and I thought it would go well with this statue. Thank you for your nice comments, my friend:)xxxx

    – Marie Sharp

  • SharonD
    SharonDabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work my friend.

  • Thank you so much, dear Sharon!xxx

    – Marie Sharp

  • Nira Dabush
    Nira Dabushabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Nira:) Hugs and Blessings!

    – Marie Sharp

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsabout 5 years ago

    Just breathtaking

  • Thank you so much, Jeff!

    – Marie Sharp

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownabout 5 years ago

    Lovely work Marie!!

  • Thank you, Barbara!

    – Marie Sharp

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