The Shaping of a Disciple by Dale Martin Stone

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 build so great and bold a man 

That all the world shall be amazed, 

Then watch God’s 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, 

Making shapes and forms which only 

God Himself can understand, 

Even while His man is crying, 

Lifting a beseeching hand… 

Yet God bends but never breaks 

When man’s good He undertakes; 

When He uses whom He chooses, 

And with every purpose fuses 

Man to act, and act to man, 

As it was when He began; 

When God tries His splendor out, 

Man will know what He’s about! 
Originally from Sourcebook of Poetry. This poem may more currently be found in Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2003).
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