As a young, single missionary seeking answers, Amy Carmichael entered a cave to meet with God.
“I had feelings of fear about the future,” she recalled. “The devil kept on whispering, ‘It’s all right now, but what about afterward? You are going to be very lonely.’ He painted pictures of loneliness. I turned to my God in desperation and said, ‘Lord, what can I do? How can I go on to the end?’ and He said, ‘None of them that trust in Me shall be desolate.’ That word has been with me ever since. It has been fulfilled to me. It will be fulfilled to you.”
Born in 1867 in a village on the coast of North Ireland, Carmichael was raised in a devout Christian home. She came to personal faith in Christ through the ministry of a visiting evangelist. Two years later, she had an experience that forever marked her values. Carmichael and her brothers were walking home from church. Suddenly, the three young people came upon a frail, elderly woman, bent over with a heavy bundle. They lifted the load from her arms, and Amy reached out to support her while she walked. Looking up, they noticed that several people from their church had stopped to stare. The scene was much like that in the story of the Good Samaritan, where the religious people passed by arrogantly while the Samaritan helped the robbed and beaten victim. Remembering the church people’s self-righteous looks, she recalled, “I knew something had happened that changed life’s values. Nothing could ever matter again but the things that were eternal.”
At a Keswick Convention, Carmichael heard Hudson Taylor, the famous missionary to China, issue a Great Commission challenge. Hearing deep within the call, “Go ye,” she committed her life to advancing the Gospel. Sailing first to Japan, Carmichael went to visit an elderly woman who was ill. At first, the woman seemed eager to open her heart to Jesus. Suddenly the old woman noticed the missionary’s fur gloves and became disinterested in the message.
“I went home,” Carmichael reflected, “took off my English clothes, put on my Japanese kimono, and never again, I trust, risked so very much for the sake of so little.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News