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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).