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 by-product 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 concerns 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!”