Sunday, September 14, 2014

He Maketh No Mistake

We have been dealing with some less-than-happy family news in recent days, and I've returned to my personal "Book of Comforts" for precious reminders. Since I know that trials are common to all humans, I just thought I'd share this one in a more public way. Whatever you are facing, I hope it brings comfort. It came to me via a beloved aunt who graduated to heaven (because of breast cancer) long, long, ago. She had lost a teenage child (my cousin) and knew great sorrow. The poem still comforts me, as does her memory.        

He 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 I know,
He maketh no mistake.

My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But still 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.


  1. I shared your poem on my blog today.
    I, too, have been going through a hard time for the last 18 months.
    I ordered one of the books you said you liked, "Cry Freedom." It is really good. Thanks for recommending it.

  2. This poem is beautiful, Stephanie. I have read it before, but it is just the reminder I needed today. I opened Red Bird this morning on my way home from work, and read the dedication and Acknowledgments page, both of which touched my heart. Thank you for your transparency. Red Bird was the first of your books that I read, when it was fairly new. I am systematically reading them all now, and having just finished Soaring Eagle I want to re-read Red Bird in context. ~Joyce

    That is how I came to you blog today, and began reading through your posts. Please know how appreciative I am of your faith in our Almighty Father God, and your willingness to encourage us personally by sharing what encourages you in His Word. I love the fourth chapter of 2 Corinthians. I strive to see my circumstances as 'light affliction', realize it is 'but for a moment' and is working a 'far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory' (verse 17).

    "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." 2Cor.4:7

  3. Your comment brought tears to my eyes just now ... that verse in 2 Corinthians was my best friend's favorite ... she died of breast cancer in 1996 ... but the impact of her life still bears fruit for me. Bless you!!! I'm so thankful for these words of encouragement, both for the old books and for these infrequent posts. THANK YOU.