O, Lord, You teach me patience,
You teach me not to fear.
I prayed and prayed for water.
Have prayed for many years.
We've always been so cautious
Especially when the spring was slow.
Carefully preserving the water,
Checking to see if it was low.
Rains would come sometimes.
The spring would over spill.
Drought came more often,
Then winter's freezing chill.
Tom worked very hard on it,
Even installing a new tank.
All systems were finally go.
You, Lord, we both thanked.
Winter hit with bitter cold.
The spring would freeze then thaw.
Plenty of water one day,
Then not a drop we saw.
Lines would freeze, as did the pump.
Tom worked with shovel and fire.
Until he got things flowing again,
The frozen dirt a muddy mire.
At last, we had plenty!
Joyfully the water flowed!
Then another problem came along
As the drains gurgled and slowed.
Before we knew it, water backed up
In sink, tub, and shower stall.
Where we had no water in the house
Now it generously covered all!
Lord, I had a choice right then
I could laugh, or I could cry.
As I stood with bucket and mop
You also stood close by.
At first the tears welled up
But then a chuckle burst out.
Before I knew it, there I stood
Having a laughing bout!
For it hit me suddenly
How You had answered my prayer.
Because where I had no water before,
I now have it everywhere!
Then, Lord, I could hardly believe it,
And my laughter filled with glee;
As I opened up my precious Bible
There reading in Isaiah 43:
Verse 2A "When you pass through the WATERS
I will be with you;
And through the RIVERS,
They shall not OVERFLOW you"!
O, Lord, You teach me patience.
Yes, Father, this is true.
But then You give me laughter!
How can I ever be blue?
Jane Ellen Slone ©
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