You are good, and do good.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—
…the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
II Corinthians 4:7-8, 16-18
Our dear brother Noah, Rosie and their family received challenging news this week. It was a delight, though not understanding, that Noah has solid confidence in the ever-goodness of God… even though we may not understand until Heaven. He requested that this poem (When God wants to drill a man… author unknown), significant in his own life, be shared with the church family—
When God wants to drill a man, and thrill a man, and skill a man
When God want 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 should 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 which every purpose fuses him… by every act induces him
To try His splendor out—God knows what He’s about.