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 grant me patience,
and God said No.
He said patience is a byproduct 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 cares 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."

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