"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Keeping Company with Amy Carmichael

     From Gold by Moonlight, by Amy Carmichael, chapter 3 entitled, The Ravine, pages 24-25:

This book may find one who must thread the ravine at its darkest. There are wrongs done to innocence that scorch the mind. The indignation of the Lord waits upon the wrongdoer. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:31) If our Scripture showed no righteous Judge who hath eyes like unto a flame of fire, the revelation of Love incarnate would be a shimmering dream. But this does not help the tortured in the hour of torture: "All Thy waves and Thy billows are gone over me. As with a sword in my bones mine enemies reproach me, while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?" (Psalm 42: 7 & 10)
And yet there is a lifting up: Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shall quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. (Psalm 71:20)
 O thou afflicted, tossed with the tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. Thou shalt be called, "My delight is in her": thou shalt be called "My Pleasure."
Do not push the words away as too beautiful for you, you who have been trusted so. "Tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised" (Luke 7:22) -but though the Lord omnipotent walks so near thy prison, thou shalt be left in prison-  "And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me."  That is the word for you. The Father trusts His broken child to trust: "If thou sink to dishonor, soar thou to love the honor of thy Beloved, who is sufficient to honor all that love Him. If thou be deceived and betrayed, rise thou in love even to the faithfulness of thy Beloved, by whom thou shalt be neither deceived or betrayed. If thou sink through fear, soar thou through love till thou be safe with thy Beloved." (emphasis mine -  I love that part!)

(My other posts about this gem of a book can be read here, here, and here. )

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