After I had Bible study on Isaiah 49:1-7 with the fellow senior brothers, I was reminded of a poem I read a while ago titled “When God Wants to Drill A Man” written by an unknown author. This poem complimented what I learned from Isaiah 49, because it describes how God fashions me to be a dangerous man of faith through the twists and turns and the ups and downs of life in order “to play the noblest part.” I couldn’t help but think that God has such great confidence in me, even to consider me capable of becoming a dangerous weapon that would display his grand splendor. What an amazing dreamer God is! Now I arrived at a moment when I can accept those rough moments of my life as blessings that help shape me into a sharpened sword and a polished arrow. I hope many more men and women of faith find such great delight in God’s hope for each of them. God be with you all.
Here is the poem:
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 with every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendour out–
God knows what He’s about!