First of all, it will be a miracle if I get to blog once a month!! I’ve had this blog set up for a month now and am just now getting my first post up! I am not a computer person (yet) and even with sitting here for 5 minutes I’ve had about 7 interruptions between showering boys and helping with homework! Anyway, I’ve been reading Amy Carmichael’s book ‘ Things as they are: Mission work in Southern India’ A couple weeks ago I came across a chapter that made my heart pound. It was a dream/vision that Amy had… (I’ll try to shorten it a little)
‘I stood on a grassy bank and at my feet a precipice broke sheer down to infinite space. I looked but saw no bottom: unfathomable depths that made me dizzy. Then I saw forms of people moving single file along the grass. They were headed for the edge. A women with a baby in her arms and another child holding onto her.. She was on the verge. Then I saw that she was blind! She lifted her foot for the next step… it trod air. She went over and the children with her. Oh, the cry as they went over! Then I saw streams of people flowing from all directions. All were blind; all made straight for the edge. There were shrieks as they suddenly knew themselves falling, and a tossing up of helpless arms, catching, clutching at empty air. But some went over quietly, and fell without a sound. Then I wondered with agony why no one stopped them at the edge. Then I saw that along the edge there were sentries set at intervals. But the intervals were far too great; there were wide, unguarded gaps between. Over these gaps the people fell in their blindness, quite unwarned. And the green grass seemed like blood-red to me, and the gulf yawned like the mouth of hell. Then, I saw like a picture of peace, a group of people under some trees with their backs towards the gulf. They were making daisy chains. Sometimes when a shriek cut thru the air it disturbed them and they thought it quite vulgar. If one of their people tried to go and do something to help the others would pull him down. ‘Why should you get so excited about it? You must wait for a definite call to go! You haven’t finished your daisy chain yet. It would be really selfish to leave us to finish the work alone.’ There was another group whose great desire was to get more sentries out but they found that very few wanted to go. Once a girl (sentry) stood alone in her place, waving the people back; but her relations called, and reminded her that furlough was due. And being tired and needing a change, she had to go and rest awhile; but no one was sent to guard her gap, and over and over the people fell, like a waterfall of souls. The girl longed to be back in her place and thought she heard a little one cry out and she wanted to go; at which people reproved her, reminding her that no one is necessary anywhere. And then they sang a hymn.
What does it matter, after all? It has gone on for years; it will go on for years. Why make such a fuss about it?
God forgive us! God arouse us! Shame us out of our callousness! Shame us out of our sin!- Amy C.
‘Our prayers for the evangelisation of the world are but a bitter irony so long as we only give of our superfluity, and draw back before the sacrifice of ourselves’. M Francois Coillard, Africa
What is ‘The Call’ ? How do we know He has asked us to be one of those He sends out? I don’t have all the answers but I do know that this past year my heart has been burdened more and more to share what Christ has given me with others. The Call? I think all those who are His disciples have been called. What have you been called to? To go?, To give, To send??? We must pursue Him with all of our heart and He will guide our steps.
A couple weeks ago I was privileged to go (with a few other people) to the ‘Global Missions Health Conference’ in Louisville, Ky. It was refreshing, and encouraging to see so many people in one place that are sincerely trying to lay down their lives and follow God. It really encouraged me personally to give my all, whether I’m here at home or I go out. And truthfully, we go out every day… It’s not always the Big- expeditions (the mundane happens then too:)) , it’s every week at the grocery store, or the person you look in the eyes as you pass them, the people I eat breakfast with, and the old lady you open the door for. There are opportunities God puts in front of me every day. God arouse me, open my eyes!