What I Can’t Do

What I can’t do, LORD, do for me
When weakness is my only strength
In faintness be my Energy
In battle, LORD, be my defense.

What I don’t know, teach through Your Word
Keep me from earthly wisdom’s bait
Help me trust Scriptures where You’re heard
Lean on Your Spirit while I wait.

What I can’t see, through plank-filled eyes
Illuminate for me today
See others’ specks through grace not pride
Remove my blinders in the way.

What I can’t be, LORD, be in me.
Transform my heart, my soul, my mind
Burn dross and my impurity
Until my silver is refined.

What I owe You, I cannot pay
Can’t be nor do the things I should
In Christ You made for me a way:
He paid for what I never could.

Hebrews 10:14
“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those
who are being sanctified.”

(Pictures and Poetry, Heidi Viars, 2019)


  1. This is so good, Heidi! I agree that this should be a song. I think you should give it to your friend who sings and have him put music to it. As I read the end, my mind went back to a Christmas card we sent out years ago that had a lamb on the front and said “He paid a debt He did not owe; I owe a debt I can not pay”. I think your heart is where He wants us all to be. Thanks for putting it in words.


    • Like I said to Bill, you two are faithful witnesses to what God can do through us and our weaknesses. But God does not stop at giving strength … He also paid our entire load of debt … so amazing. Thanks for reading, dear friend! Big (ole) hug!!!! ๐Ÿค—


    • Debbie, I too need Him more than anything. John 15:5 comes to mind … โ€œYes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
      Love and prayers from here, too โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™


  2. I agree with Karen (above): Every verse of this poem is full of impact! #4 is my favorite. Thanks be to God He IS burning away the dross and impurities in my spirit (Philippians 1:6). One day I will be pure silver, gleaming bright!


  3. Love this, Heidi- every verse is full of impact but I relate so strongly to the middle verse- yes, โ€œplank-filled eyesโ€ indeed! How gracious of our Lord to offer clear vision of Truth to all who will receive.


    • Sweet Wendy, thanks for your comment … and for your faithfulness in letting the Lord work in and through your weakness. The Christian life is a journey through our weaknesses into God’s provisions in Jesus Christ. We fall short. He remains faithful. Keep walking, sister! Love you โค๏ธ


  4. I can so relate to this poem Heidi. I’m now going through some horrific pain in my neck and back. Don’t know what I would do with myself if my ABBA wasn’t right in it with me! It’s caused me to try to imagine what pain Jesus must have suffered during His crucifixion. I’m sure mere words could never remotely come close to the truth of it! This poem is beautiful and I feel the same things that you have described in it. Thank you for sharing your gift and the blessing it brings.


    • Dearest Jaqueline, thank you for sharing this. I am praying for you to feel some relief, but more so for you to sense God’s presence. “Lord, I pray for my sister. Show her Your gracious presence in the midst of her pain and undesirable circumstance. Be to her what people can’t be. Shower her with your love, through the people around her … and when they fall short of your love, pour it into her heart through the Holy Spirit! … in Jesus’ Name!”
      Sending you a big (but gentle) hug ๐Ÿ™‚


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