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Joni Eareckson Tada, a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair,

wrote the following poem by holding a pen between her teeth:

When God wants to drill a man, and thrill a man and skill a man,

When God wants to mold a man to play the noblest part,

When He yearns with all His heart

to build so great and bold a man,

That all the world shall be amazed,

Then 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 shapes and forms of clay which only God can understand

While man’s tortured heart is crying and he lifts beseeching hands...

Yet God bends but never breaks when man’s good He undertakes;

How He uses whom He chooses, and with mighty power infuses him,

With every act induces him to try His splendor out,

God knows what He’s about

It is impossible to MEET GOD and remain THE SAME

Jacob was a different man after meeting God

He became the leader God always wanted him to be

Jacob had a real lasting change in his character.

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