Anonymous Poems

When God Wants a Man

When God wants to drill a man,
       and thrill a man,
       and skill a man;
When God wants to mold a man
       to play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
       to create so great and bold a man
That all the world should be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways:

How He ruthlessly perfects
       whom He royally elects;
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him
       into shapes and forms of clay
Which only God can understand,
While man’s tortured heart is crying
       and he lifts beseeching hands;

Yet God bends but never breaks
       when man’s good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses,
And with mighty power infuses him,
With every act induces him
       to try His splendor out.

God knows what He’s about.

Author Unknown.
Quoted in When God Weeps,
by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes
(and many other places with slight variations).

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