Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Refuse That Wisp of Cloud

So there could be nothing but a peaceful acceptance, and when one accepts, all that is included in the thing accepted is accepted too - the helplessness, the limitations, the disappointments of hope deferred, the suffering.

I think this must be important to the clearness of our spiritual atmosphere, for if we let the fugitive wisp of a cloud, which we call a wish (a wish that things were different), float across our sky, then swiftly the whole sweet blue is overcast. But if we refuse that wisp of cloud and look up and meet the love of the Lord that shines down on us, and say to Him about that particular detail of trial, "Dear Lord, yes" (for was it not included in the first act of acceptance?), then in one bright moment our sky is blue again.

- Amy Carmichael, Rose from Brier