Friday, May 11, 2007

All the paths of the Lord are faithful

All the paths of the Lord are loving and faithful.

Psalm 25:10

All means all

Amy Carmichael

All the paths…

I have pondered this verse lately and found that it feeds my spirit.

All does not mean, “all – except the paths I am walking now,” or “nearly all – except this especially difficult and painful path.” All must mean all.

So, your path with its unexplained sorrow or turmoil, and mine with its sharp flints and briers – and both our paths, with their unexplained perplexity, their sheer mystery – they are His paths, on which He will show himself loving and faithful. Nothing else; nothing less.

I am resting my heart on this word. It bears me up on eagle’s wings. It gives me courage and song and sweetness, too – that sweetness of spirit which is death to lose even for a half-hour.

I remember in times past almost desperately repeating to myself these lines, written as though spoken from the lips of our Lord:

Am I not enough, My own –
not enough for you?
Am I not enough, My own –
I, forever and alone,
I, needing you?

It was a long time before I could honestly answer, “Yes, you alone are enough for me.” I remember the turmoil of soul that I experienced before committing myself to follow Him on whatever path He would lead – remember as if it were yesterday. But at last – oh the rest that came to me when I lifted up my head and followed! For in acceptance there lies peace.

God bless you and utter satisfy your heart… with himself.


My Father, you alone… you yourself are enough for me.

No matter what path you lead me on today, it is not strange and unknown to you…

Only let me go with your presence!


Amy Carmichael, Candles in the Dark, p. 46.


Liz Dawson said...

That is exactly what I needed to hear tonight Loy. Thanks so much for expressing your thoughts, they are such a joy!

Loy said...

Thanks, Liz!

And it's really encouraging to hear your gratefulness and joy! Thank you.

Many blessings on your journey!


Anonymous said...

as i go through life and it's daily turmoils, i always look for this post because it reminds me that in the midst of what I'm going through God's hand is in it, even though i don't see or feel him near. so thank you for this...


Loy said...

You are so welcome, Mel... and thank you for your thoughts -- they are good thoughts and greatly appreciated! I'm sure your spoken faith here will help others on the way.

God bless you, Mel! Keep believing and trusting in all you face!

Grace and peace and joy to you today... :-)