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He Maketh No Mistake

08/27/2018

I have had this poem for a long time.  I’m not a poem person, but have been known to write some when the inspiration hits.  To me, today’s poetry is usually more obscure than useful but maybe it’s just me.  But the old timers usually wrote from their life experiences and told it flat out.  This poem is no exception.  Here is the history of the poem:
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(Written by a grandchild, taken from: http://www.churchlead.com/mind_wanderings/view/1630/he_maketh_no_mistake)

In 1932, my grandfather, A.M. Overton, was a pastor of a church in Mississippi with a wife and three small children. His wife was pregnant with their fourth child but when it came time for delivery, there were complications and both she and the baby died. During the funeral service, the preacher officiating the service noticed my grandfather writing something on a piece of paper. After the service the minister asked him about it, and he handed him the paper with a poem he had just written which he titled, “He Maketh No Mistake”.

Maketh No Mistake”

by A.M. Overton

My Father’s way may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I’m glad to know,
He maketh no mistake.

My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But I’ll trust my Lord to lead
For He doth know the way.

Tho’ night be dark, and it may seem
That day will never break,
I’ll pin my faith, my all in Him,
He maketh no mistake.

There’s so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight’s far too dim;
But come what may, I’ll simply trust
And leave it all to Him.

For by and by the mist will lift
And plain it all He’ll make,
Through all the way, tho’ dark to me
He made not one mistake.

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May we be able to have the same faith and perspective when our lives finally fall apart and our wisdom just won’t stretch far enough to cover the wreckage.

 

 

 

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