Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Source of Peace

Sometimes our circumstances are so peaceful that without knowing it we slip into finding our peace in them.  Then something happens to disturb them and our peace is disturbed.  Sometimes those about us are so dear that our hearts rest in them, and this is good, but it is not enough, for what if one in whose love we trust should disappoint us?

Our Lord did not say,"These things [the things of John 16] I have spoken unto you that in your circumstances ye might have peace"; or, "These things I have spoken unto you that in the love of others ye might have peace"; but He did say, "These things"--things of wonder, joy, sorrow, preparation--"I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace."  "Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not geater than his Lord;  . . . if they have kept My saying they will keep yours also."  Is there any surprise of grief that our dear Lord has not foreseen?  Is there any wound to love that His love has not suffered?  "These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace."
--Amy Carmichael,  from Edges of His Ways, May 4

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