HAVE THINE OWN WAY, LORD                                                             written in 1902

The Story

            At age 40, Adelaide Pollard (1862-1934) (her name was actually Sarah, but she didn’t like it… so she changed her name to Adelaide) was trying unsuccessfully to raise financial support to go to Africa as a missionary. She wondered why God would so burden her about the needs of Africa, yet not make it possible for her to go there to help meet those needs. During this time of discouragement, she attended a small prayer meeting where an elderly woman prayed, “Lord, it doesn’t matter what You bring into our lives, just have Your own way with us.”

That night, Adelaide went home and read the story of Jeremiah’s visit to the potter’s house (Jer. 18:3-6). Later that evening, she wrote this hymn. She said she had always felt the Lord was molding her and preparing her for His service. Then, suddenly, He seemed to have deserted her.

She wondered if her “questioning of God’s will” showed a flaw in her life. So, she said, “God decided to break me, as the potter broke the defective vessel, and then to mold my life again to His pattern.”

George Stebbins (1846-1945) composed the music for this hymn.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – surrender your will to God’s way.

Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!

Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will;
while I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
as in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit ’till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.

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