I Cannot But God Can (Poem by Annie Johnson Flint)

I Cannot but God Can (Poem)

by Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932)

Annie Flint suffered from crippling arthritis most of her life. However, confined to a sickbed, she experienced the presence of the Lord in a way that brought forth sweet insights which she put down in poetry. One of her most uplifting poems is “I cannot but God can”:

I cannot but God can,
Oh balm for all my care!
The burden that I drop,
His hand will lift and bear.
Though eagle pinions tire,
I walk where I once ran,
This is my strength to know,
I cannot, but He can.

I see not but God sees;
Oh all sufficient light!
My dark and hidden way
To Him is always bright.
My strained and peering eyes
May close in restful ease,
And I in peace may sleep;
I see not but He sees.

I know not but God knows;
Oh blessed rest from fear!
All my unfolding days
To Him are plain and clear.
Each anxious puzzled ‘Why’?
From doubt and dread that grows,
Finds answer in this thought:
I know not, but He knows.

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