He Maketh No Mistake

post date: August 31, 2013

Last night at the end of my first sermon at America’s Keswick, I quoted a poem by A. M. Overton called “He Maketh No Mistake.” When the poem was written in 1932, A. M. Overton was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn, Mississippi. Pastor Overton’s wife was pregnant with their fourth child, but when it came time for delivery there were complications and both she and the baby died. During the funeral service, the preacher officiating the service noticed Pastor Overton writing something on a piece of paper. After the service the minister asked him about it, and he handed him the paper with a poem he had just written which he titled, “He Maketh No Mistake.”

My Father’s way may twist and turn
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I’m glad to 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. 

You can read more about Pastor Overton’s life and ministry here

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