Whether it's your toddler, teen, or bank saying, “No” that word does not evoke warm fuzzies. It can and often does have the reverse effect causing you to arch your back in a cat-like self- defense pose. Sometimes though the word, “no” is good for us and can cause us to pause and purr in appreciation. I came across this prose from an unknown source that eloquently addresses hearing the word, “No.”
And God said, “No”
I asked God to take away my pride and God, “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 the body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience and God, “No.” He said 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 His blessings. Happiness is up to me.
I asked God to spare me from pain and God said, “No.” He said sufferings draw me apart from worldly cares and bring me closer to Him.
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 if He loved me and God said, “Yes.” He gave His only Son who died for me and I will be in heaven someday because I believe.
I asked God to help me love others as mush as He loves me and God said, “Ah, finally you have the idea!”
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