In her book Though The Mountains Shake, Amy Carmichael tells of the time in 1895 when she met Andrew Murray of South Africa when he was in England taking part in various conventions. She writes:
“A breakdown in Japan had ended in my return home about that time and we were both guests in the same house. I knew that his books were very good. Not that I had read one of them, but a neat row of them, dressed in sober grey, lived in my mother’s room, and she and everybody said how good they were. Was he as good as his books?
“He was better; for there was not only goodness, there was a delicious dry humour, dauntless courage, and the gentleness and simplicity of a dear child. And he was very loving. He never seemed to be tired of loving.
“Then something painful happened. This is how he met it: he was quiet for a while with his Lord, then he wrote these words for himself:
First, He brought me here, it is by His will I am in this strait place: in that fact I will rest.
Next, He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace to behave as His child.
Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
Last, In His good time He can bring me out again – how and when He knows.
Let me say I am here,
(1) By God’s appointment,
(2) In His keeping,
(3) Under His training,
(4) For His time.
“Such a story is timeless. May it help someone else as it has helped some of us, not once only, but often.”
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