|"If" by Amy Carmichael|
I chose this life and have no intention of looking back. I am a warrior in my beloveds army. There is nothing else I would rather be. There are days that I want to be a farmer, alone with the sunshine, birdsong and the scent of fresh mint in the air... but most of the time I just want my life to be pleasing to my King.
There are times when the battle is intense. Painful. Wet with secret tears. These are the seasons when I look to those who have gone before me, who now sit as an encourager in "my cloud" which is a better cloud then the one on my computer.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Heb 12:1-3 nasu
Psalm 18: 30 As for God, His Way is perfect.
I have been thinking much of this word. We say it, we write it, but the love of God is searching; and it seems to me that all our lives long He is patiently teaching us truly to mean it..
We make plans after much prayer and long waiting. They are on the edge of fulfillment and then something happens to shatter them. If they affected our own life only, it would be easy to say "His Way is perfect", but if others must suffer then it is not easy to say those words in sincerity. God knows this. He does not hurry us, but He does wait for us. He waits in his patience till we can look in His face and say -- not with a sigh, but with a song -- "As for God, His Way is perfect". This is victory, nothing less can be called by that shining name.
From "Edges of His Ways" March 18
As for the Almighty, His Way is perfect.
Mrs. Hagerty, March 18, 2016