“I have told how it came to be a custom to share my pot of manna in the form of a short note. I did not know till lately that some had copied these notes from day to day. To turn over the leaves of such a note-book is like turning back the weeks and months and looking at the past days again. This is what I find soon after the comforting assurance came, ‘Upon thy brier shall blow a rose for others.’
I Kings 19:7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
Is it not good and comforting to know that the angel of the Lord came again the second time? We never reach the place where we pass beyond the compassion of our God: His compassions fail not ; they are new every morning; never tiring of us, always strong for our help.
There have been times for nearly all of us when we have felt the truth of the angel’s word, ‘The journey is too great for thee’; but have we not always found the Bread of Life and the Water of Life ready for our sustenance? And in the strength of that meat we have gone on, and shall go on, even into the Mount of God.
But the perplexing thing is that even after we have been comforted and strengthened we can feel quite weak and tired again, just as though we had never been fed on the blessed Cake of Bread, the Water turned to Wine. It is consoling to find that we are not alone there. That heavenly-minded book, Revelations of Divine Love, which has opened to me more than ever during these months, is refreshingly candid. After the anchoress, Julian of Norwich, had seen the fifteen Shewings that, falling fair and steadily, each following other, had gladdened her heart, she wrote: ‘And at the end all was close and I saw no more. And soon I felt that I should live and languish; and anon my sickness came again: first in my head with a sound and a din, and suddenly all my body was fulfilled with sickness like as it was afore. And I was barren and as dry as if I never had comfort but little. And as a wretched creature I moaned and cried for feeling of my bodily pains and for failing of comfort, spiritual and bodily.’
But her courteous Lord did not leave her; the words of solace follow a little later: Thou shalt not be overcome was said full clearly and full mightily, for assuredness and comfort agaisnt all tribulations that may come. He said not: Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be afflicted; but He said: Thou shalt not be overcome. God willeth that we take heed to these words, and that we be ever strong in sure trust, in weal and woe. For He loveth and enjoyeth us, and so willeth He that we love and enjoy Him and mightily trust in Him; and all shall be well.
Blessed be the patience of our Lord, our dear-worthy Redeemer. The angel of the Lord came again the second time.”
—Rose from Brier, by Amy Carmichael, pp. 71-78.
Isaiah 43:1-4, “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, … Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee:”