.. as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand … Jeremiah 18:6
Disappointments are His appointments, as He uses our setbacks to renew our focus on Him. To strengthen our faith and to divert us to other opportunities. In this case, a bitter disappointment led to one of our greatest invitational hymns.
Adelaide Pollard was born in Iowa during the Civil War. Her parents named her Sarah, but when she was old enough, she changed her name to Adelaide. After attending Emerson College she moved to Chicago to teach in a girls school.
Afterward she became very involved in the work of an evangelist predicting the return of Christ. She moved to New England to assist him, yet felt God was calling her to Africa as a missionary. But, to her intense disappointment, she was unable to raise her financial support. Heartsick, and in her forties by this time, she attended a prayer meeting. That night an elderly woman prayed, “It doesn’t matter what you bring into our lives, Lord. Just have you own way with us.”
That phrase rushed into Adelaide’s heart, and the verses began shaping in her mind. At home that evening she read again the story of the potter and the clay with new illumination. By bedtime she had written out the prayer, “Have Thine Own Way.”
Adelaide did make it to Africa, but the outbreak of WWI sent her to Scotland and later back to America where she wrote poems, spoke to groups and ministered freely.
In the middle of December 1934 she purchased a ticket at New York’s Penn Station. She was heading to Pennsylvania for a speaking engagement. While waiting for the train she was gripping with a seizure and died shortly after.
Have Thine Own Way Lord: