Some day we shall understand that God has a reason in every “NO”, which He speaks through the slow movement of life. “Somehow God makes up to us”. How often, when people are worrying and perplexing themselves about their prayers not being answered, is God answering them in a far richer way ! Glimpses of this we see occasionally, but the full revelation of it remains for the future.
If God says ‘YES’ to our prayer, dear heart
And the sunlight is golden, the sky is blue
While the smooth road beckons to me and you
And the song-birds warble as on we go
Pausing to gather the buds at our feet
Stopping to drink of the streamlets we meet
Happy, more happy, our journey will grow
If God says ‘YES’ to our prayer, dear heart.
If God says ‘NO’ to our prayer, dear heart,
And the clouds hang heavy and dull and grey
If the rough rocks hinder and block the way
While the sharp winds pierce us and sting with cold
Ah, dear, there is home at the journey’s end
And these are the trials the Father doth send
To draw us as sheep to His Heavenly fold
If God says ‘NO’ to our prayer, dear heart.
When did God take anything from a man, without giving him manifold more in return ? Is today the limit of God’s working time? Yet, even confining the judgment within the hour of this life, it is true that God never touches the heart with a trial without intending to bring upon it some grander gift, some tenderer blessing. He has attained to an eminent degree of grace, who knows how to wait.