This poem, all by itself, told Laura’s life story with us. It was the story of our heartache. It was the story of how we overcame our circumstances. It is the story that tells us where we are today.
The last line rings encouragement out loud in our hearts to trust and believe our Father, no matter what. But it was the date just beneath that line that stood as proof to us that our Father was trustworthy. You see our Father called Laura home exactly twenty years to the day that I penned her poem.
Only at that very moment, reading the date at the bottom of the poem, did we see that He had sealed His love for Laura and for us with the irrefutable stamp of time. Our Father had no doubt felt all our sorrows and captured all our tears. And now our Laura was complete and whole and with Him.
He never forgot us during all those years. He was there all the time.
Forever and A Day
For Laura Michelle
By Ron Smith, MD
April 24, 1992.
…now being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.—Philippians 1:6
I started praying for a little child the other day.
‘Cause I was sure that was God’s way
To heal that little one and make her whole.
I was sure of this royal goal.
Her little body was twisted and turned.
Oh, how in my heart the desire burned,
For her wholeness all at once to see,
And then to be all that she could be.
As I prayed, the Holy One spoke quietly
To my inner man on bended knee.
How long will you wait, how long will you believe
For this miracle that in your heart I’ve conceived?
I thought only momentarily, and said,
God, I’m your servant, I wait in your stead
If it be a day, a month, a year or three,
I’ll wait, I’ll wait, I’ll wait, this miracle to see!
Days, months, years passed by,
And it seemed the Lord waited, I don’t know why,
To heal my little girl, such a precious sight,
So small and frail, sometimes I would just cry.
But His words to me would echo,
And in my spirit man, I knew it would be so.
How long will I wait, how long will I believe,
For this miracle that in my heart you’ve conceived?
Forever And A Day,
That’s the only way
To stand in faith, for this my child.
Though it seems her healing hides,
it will only be a little while.