This is the end of the lovely little book If… by Amy Carmichael. She beautifully sums up the lessons God has been teaching me for the last 15 years.
Let us end on a very simple note: Let us listen to simple words; our Lord speaks simply: “Trust Me, My child,” He says. “Trust Me with a humbler heart and a fuller abandon to My will than ever thou didst before. Trust Me to pour My love through thee, as minute succeeds minute. And if thou shouldst be conscious of anything hindering the flow, do not hurt My love by going away from Me in discouragement, for nothing can hurt love so much as that. Draw all the closer to Me; come, flee unto Me to hide thee, even from thyself. Tell me about the trouble. Trust Me to turn My hand upon thee and thoroughly to remove the boulder that has choked thy riverbed, and take away all the sand that has silted up the channel. I will not leave thee until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. I will perfect that which concerneth thee. Fear thou not, O child of My love; fear not.”
And now, to gather all in one page:
Beloved, let us love.
Lord, what is love?
Love is that which inspired My life, and led Me to My cross, and held Me on My cross. Love is that which will make it thy joy to lay down thy life for thy brethren.
Lord, evermore give me this love.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after love, for they shall be filled.
Amen, Lord Jesus.
His Thoughts Said… His Father Said…, by Amy Carmichael, Fort Washington, PA: CLC Publications, 1941. 108pp. ISBN 978-0-87508-971-3
I have long been a fan of Amy Carmichael. I read her biography by Elizabeth Elliot years ago (and intend to read it again ASAP), and I remember being amazed by her faith and what God did through her, and wishing I could be like her. Every time I come across a poem by her or reference to her I am sucked in, she speaks to my heart. Two weeks ago I was at the South Eastern Bible College library, giving myself things to search for in the catalog (it’s a library school thing). I knew I had seen some of her books on the shelf, so decided to search for her. This particular book jumped out at me off the screen, and I knew I had to read it. I had been very depressed lately, my thoughts and emotions warring against what I knew to be true, and the title itself struck me as profound.
I found the book on the shelf. It was a small, pocket sized hardback; old and obviously had been donated to the library by someone who read it more than once. I opened it and it felt comfortable in my hand. The entries are short, a paragraph or two long, and take only a moment to read. As I began to read, I realized that these little thoughts could easily have come out of my own journal. I was sucked in and could not stop. I needed to pause to consider what I was reading, but I couldn’t, I was constantly compelled to read the next entry. When I looked up nearly an hour had passed, and I was half way through the book. I realized I had to have this book, I had to finish it and then go back and read it slowly. Amy Carmichael struggled with the same emotions and thoughts that I struggle with, and she processed them with the Word of God. The “thoughts of the son” are the thoughts and fears and emotions we all have as we struggle through this life. The “Words of his Father” are full of scripture references and truth. It was a healing balm for my weary soul. I know quite a few people who will get this book as a gift from me in the next year. Highly recommended!
I joined Tim Challies “10 Days of Productivity Challenge” in January as a kind of jump start to the new year. It centered around the book Do More Better. I loved this short book. Chapter 1 was not about how to get more done, instead it was all about making sure you are doing the most important things. The point he makes in Chapter 1 is this, “Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.” (p.16) I appreciated how this foundational attitude set the tone for the entire book.
This book challenged me to use productivity software tools that I was unfamiliar with. Challies also did a great job of explaining how to use those tools in a very effective manner, with ideas I would never have come up with on my own. The Facebook page/support group is also a great resource. As a result I am now thoroughly hooked on Todoist and Evernote, in addition to Google calendar which I was already using. I now use these on a daily basis to keep my stupid crazy life of three part time jobs, grad school, personal life, and family under some semblance of order. I highly recommend it.