And God said “No”

And God Said “No”

I asked God to take away my pride, And God said, “No.”
He said it was not for Him to take away, But for me to give up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole, And God said, “No.”
He said her spirit is whole, her body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience, And God said, “No.”
He said that patience is a byproduct of tribulation, It isn’t granted, it’s earned.

I asked God to give me happiness, and God said, “No.”
He said He gives blessings, happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain, And God said, “No.”
He said, “Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to Me.”

I asked God to make my spirit grow, and God said, “No.”
He said I must grow on my own, But He will prune me to make me fruitful.

I asked God to help me love others, As much as He loves me,
And God said, “Ah, finally, you have the idea.”

by Claudia Minden Weisz

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