She wanted blue eyes instead of her brown ones, so she would pray and pray for God to give them to her. But God had a purpose for her and her eyes. Eventually she would find herself in India where she started the Dohnavur Fellowship. She would rescue “temple girls” by putting on Indian dress and coloring her skin, something that would have been unbelievable with blue eyes.
This is the Sunday School story that first introduced me to Amy Carmichael. She was said to have amazing character and discipline as well as being head-strong and stubborn. She has quite a story. http://www.worldlingo.com/ma/enwiki/en/Amy_Carmichael
She was also a prolific writer. Among her works, though not her best known, was a small book called, “If”. She wrote it for the community she led to help them love better. She asked the question, “What do I know of Calvary Love?”. That is, how much do I understand Jesus’ sacrificial love for me so that I may love deeply? The question pushes us to understand “what the life of love means and how to live that life” (Amy Carmichael in book). At the heart of the book are heart-piercing if/then statements, some of which I can say are so powerful that they have changed my perspective and eventually my character.
So it is Ash Wednesday. I have not come from a tradition of observing Lent but I have learned to savor this time preparing for Easter through spiritual discipline, moderation and repentance. I want to share with you an “If” statement a day to point us toward the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ during this season because they mean so much to me. I have to start with this poignant one this morning…
I am inconsiderate about the comfort of others, or their feelings, or even of their little weaknesses; if I am careless about their little hurts and miss opportunities to smooth their way; if I make the sweet running of household wheels more difficult to accomplish,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.”