CONCEAL NOT MY LOVING KINDNESS
Her thoughts said, “If it were anyone else I would not feel so doubtful.”
Her Father said,
“Because thou art what thou knowest thou art and what I know thou art, the glory will be all Mine when anything is done. Look not at thyself at all; let thine eyes be ever looking unto thy Lord.”
Then in grateful wonder the daughter said, “Thy lovingkindness is ever before mine eyes.”
And her Father said,
“Conceal not My lovingkindness.”
WHO IS THIS THAT COMETH UP FROM THE WILDERNESS?
The daughter knew that her Father’s desire was to deck His priests with health and joy and vigor. A wilderness experience did not seem to be His choice for them, and yet for many the wilderness was appointed. The daughter was perplexed about this. Then the Spirit, the Comforter, brought to her mind words from the Gospels about her Lord’s sojourn in the wilderness, and the figure of the true in the Song of Songs: Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness? And she saw that no child of the Father was asked to walk where the footsteps of his Lord were not clear on the road. But she saw also that always there was a coming out of the wilderness: Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness leaning upon her Beloved? No dwelling-place was ever built in any wilderness for any child of God.
NOT A NEW WORD TO THEE
The daughter said, “The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. I am armed. I have no excuse for a single backward look. O make my spirit steadfast with Thee.”
Her Father said,
“Thy help standeth in the name if the Lord who hath made heaven and earth.”
The daughter answered earnestly, “Establish the thing, O God, that Thou hast wrought in me.” And yet her thoughts persisted, “But if I slip?”
The God of all patience answered,
“Then Love, traveling in the greatness of His strength, will gather thee up. There is nothing that Love will not do for thee. ‘When I said, “My foot slippeth,” Thy mercy O Lord, held me up,’ is not a new word to thee.”
Note: Beautiful thoughts from the inner prayer dialogue of Amy Carmichael, as she talked to her Father about the issues of life and personal challenges around her. God used her to rescue many young girls from ritual Hindu temple prostitution, and wrought miracles through her prayer life. Here is a brief glimpse into that prayer life. May it bless you today!