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Song Story – Have Thine Own Way, Lord

13 May

Isaiah 64:8
Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

There was a preacher in the early 1900’s by the name of Adelaide Pollard.  She had a traveling ministry that was quite successful.  But, she desired to do more.  She wanted to take a missionary trip to Africa – that was her heart’s desire.

In order to fulfill this dream, she tried to raise the support needed to send her there.  In spite of all of her efforts, the money was just not coming in.  The more she thought about it, the more discouraged she became.  It was almost to the point of depression.

One night she decided to attend a local prayer meeting.  As she was there, Adelaide began to listen to the prayers going up to the throne of God.  One in particular caught her attention.  It was a simple request spoken by an elderly believer.

“It really doesn’t matter what you do with us, Lord, just have your way in our lives.”

When the would-be missionary heard those words, they arrested her.  She couldn’t shake the grip of the Holy Spirit speaking to her heart through them.

Later on, when she was home, Adelaide read the words of Jeremiah chapter 18, speaking of his trip to the potter’s house.  Suddenly it all came into focus for her.  It wasn’t about the money or the trip to Africa, but about God’s will for her life.  That night, before she went to sleep, she had the entire hymn written.

This is a lesson that we all need to learn, as believers.  It is not our agenda that is important.  Our goal should be to let God have His way in our lives.  After all, we are His people, He has redeemed us.  And, it is His plan that will ultimately bring about the victory in our lives.

Go before God with this attitude today.  It is not about my will, but Yours, Lord.

“Have thine own way, Lord, have thine own way.  Thou art the potter, I am the clay.  Mold me and make me, after thy will.  While I am waiting, yielded and still.”

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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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