When God Wants To Drill A Man



Tragedy.  Injustice.  Grief.  Loss.  Pain.  Sometimes people of faith wonder why such things break into their lives. Especially when they are trying so hard to serve a Heavenly Father who they believe loves and cares for them, and when attempting to live out their lives under the Lordship of Christ. Here’s an anonymous poet’s attempt to give some of the wrenching difficulties of life a possible spiritual dimension or explanation.


When God Wants To Drill 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 shall 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 trial shapes of clay which

Only God understands;


While his tortured heart is crying

And he lifts beseeching hands!

How He bends but never breaks

When his good He undertakes;


How He uses whom He chooses,

And which every purpose fuses him;

By every act induces him

To try His splendor out-

God knows what He’s about.

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6 thoughts on “When God Wants To Drill A Man

  1. Pastor Don,Monday’s are special now because I always look forward to your Christian words.

    Not everyone uses a computer,especially many elders.Christine,a Christian friend from church is one such.Christine was a girl in 1940 & can remember seeing Coventry ablaze in the distance,as she came out of her family air raid shelter.It was the night Coventry St Michael’s ,our church, was bombed.We have a new one now joined to the old’ ruined’ one .We use both.

    Anyway,I told Christine about your Just Call Me Pastor blog and tell her about each week’s. I printed one blog I found really useful ,for my friend,It was ‘When Prayer Doesn’t Seem To Connect Try This’.Christine was really delighted with it .It had been what she’d been looking for.Which shows even those who have prayed a lifetime are still keen to find better ways of praying..

    Today’s poem is a good. comfort,inspiring patience and enduring perseverance.

    ”How He ruthlessly perfects
    Whom He royally elects”

    This poem’s message reminds me of a favourite book of poetry in the bible,which is a sinilar comfort under trial :The Book of Job.

    When I first read Job I thought how unfair it was,everything that happened to Job.But,as the above poem says ”God knows what He’s about”.We’re in safe Hands ! ..

  2. Francis: I’m so glad you get good from the blog. And that you are able to pass along ot Christine what you think will help her. I get the sense that you are writing from England. Correct?

  3. Thank you for the reminder that God doesn’t give up and that
    He cares enough to mold us. I can’t help but think how we are like wolves who attack the weak and wounded amongst us. Perhaps this is God’s way of turning our focus to Him alone.

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