Monday, October 22, 2007

Thoughts between Father and daughter VIII



WOULD IT MATTER?

Her thoughts said, “My work is not important. Would it matter very much if a floor were left unswept or room left untidied? Or if I forgot to put flowers out for a guest, or omitted some tiny unimportant courtesy?

Her Father said,

“Would it have mattered very much if a few people had been left without wine at a feast? But thy Lord turned water into wine for them.”


And the daughter remembered the words, Jesus took a towel.

SOME CROPS MUST BE HANDPICKED

Her thoughts said, “When I hear of wonderful things done elsewhere I am glad, and yet with the gladness is an unsettledness of mind. There is a strange allure in all I hear. There are days when I fly from the place where I am to the place where souls are flocking to Thee. There is a wavering in me which I do not understand.”

Her Father said,

“Thy wavering is a temptation. Many have known it. Thy times are in My hand. Thy time today is in My hand. Would I waste My servant’s time? Remember Thy Lord’s hour by the well. He who sent thee is with thee. Not all fields are reaped with the sickle. Some crops must be handpicked.”


DWELL DEEP

Her thoughts said, “My longing is to heal the broken and the weak, to defend the maimed, and to lead the blind into sight of the glory of the Lord. My choice is to be a corn of wheat and fall into the ground and die. Then why these waverings?

Her Father said,

“Too much of thy surface is exposed to the breath of every wind that bloweth. Thou must learn to dwell deep.”


And the daughter who wavered answered humbly, “Renew within me a settled spirit. Establish me with Thy directing Spirit. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed on Thee. I will sing and give praise.”

I AM THE GOD OF THY EXPECTATION AND HOPE

Her thoughts said, “It is too much to hope that one such as I should truly please my Lord.”

Her Father said,

“But it is written, ‘It is God which worketh in you both to will and do of His good pleasure.’ In My servant Paul I wrought an earnest expectation and a hope, that in nothing he should be ashamed, but that always Christ should be magnified in his body. I am the God of thy expectation and hope.”


Selah.

Prayer

Dear God of my expectation and hope, teach me to serve you today with gladness. In the small things and in the great things, may I be to you as your choicest servants who heard your word and obeyed in joy. May I be to you today as Mary, who said in utter faith, "I am the Lord's handmaiden. May it be to me as You have said!"

Today, Father, I claim the promise that my soul will be satisfied in your presence, as with the richest of foods. Today I will sing to you, in faith, as if the promise has already arrived!

Thank you that you are working in me -- this day -- both to will and do your good pleasure. I wait for you and give you my praise! In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Selah.

Note: More thoughts from the private conversation 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 glimpse into that prayer life. May it bless you today!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Loy - which of her books is this taken from?

Loy said...

This is from her little book of very personal "conversations" with God... so intimate that she wrote them as if it were someone else: thus the book is titled, "His thoughts said, His Father said."

I've returned these to her voice, in honor of her person and relation with God...

Tom Sims said...

Thanks for your wonderful posts. All good material. Great links. Amy Carmichael always resonates with me. It would be an honor to connect and share ideas on Facebook or Linked-in.