He Makes No Mistakes – a poem by A. M. Overton

My dad came across this poem from the website of Rob Overton, grandson of A.M. Overton, the writer of this poem. A short background of the poem is written by Rob Overton:

In 1932, My grandfather, A.M. Overton, was a pastor of a church in Mississippi with a wife and three small children. His 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 my grandfather 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”. 

He Makes No Mistakes

(Image of mist obtained from Greg Dunlap’s Flickr page)

My Father’s way may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I’m glad to know,
He makes no mistakes,

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,

Though the night be dark and it may seem,
That day will never break,
I’ll pin my faith, my all in Him,
He makes 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, though dark to me,
He made not one mistake.

– A.M. Overton, 1932


6 thoughts on “He Makes No Mistakes – a poem by A. M. Overton

  1. One of my longtime favorites. Always an experience behind the greatest writings; blessed to know this ones story! The version I have carried arond in a Bible for over forty-one years is titled and ends each stanza, except the last one, with “He Maketh No Mistake.” What a glorious truth to cling to and find strength in. I am so thankful this man allowed God to bless myself and others through his own personal sorrow! Rejoice, for He Maketh, No, Never, Not Ever Even One Mistake!

  2. Thanks for commentary my favorite poem. I’m a korean live in Seoul Korea. This poem made for song by pastor Choi Yong Duk.

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