“Have Thine Own Way, Lord”

Proverbs 13:12 says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Disappointments come to all of us in our lives, yet God can use disappointments for His appointments. Many times God helps us to re-focus on Him, to build our faith, and sometimes divert us to other opportunities. That was the situation that led to the writing of this great invitational hymn.
Adelaide A.Pollard was born in Iowa during the Civil War. Her parents named her Sarah, but she did not like the name Sarah, and changed it to Adelaide. After attending the Boston School of Oratory, she began teaching in a girl’s school in Chicago.
She became involved with the ministry of an evangelist named Sanford. While there she felt the Lord calling her to be a missionary in Africa. To her disappointment she was unable to raise the funds for her financial support. Discouraged, she attended a prayer meeting where an elderly lady prayed “It doesn’t matter what you bring into our lives, Lord. Just have Your own way with us.” That phrase went immediately into Adelaide’s heart, and that night she re-read the story of the potter and the clay from Jeremiah 18:6 “…Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand…” By bedtime she had penned the words to this prayer.
Adelaide did eventually make it to Africa, but the beginning of World War I sent her to Scotland and later back to the United States. She ministered by writing poems and speaking to women’s groups. On her way to a speaking engagement, at the age of 72, while waiting for the train she suffered a seizure and died shortly afterward.
I wonder how many people have given their hearts to Christ while that invitation “Have Thine Own Way “ was played or sung? Probably thousands! If it had not been for disappointments in her life that hymn may never had been written. (Taken from, Then Sings My Soul by Robert Morgan.)
What is it that God may want us to write or do in our disappointments? Could it be that God is looking to “have His way with us”, to bring about something that He can use, to draw others to Himself? Selah! (Think about that!)
Bro. Kevin