As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love…John 15:9
Do not go away Remain in my love When you feel given to despair Be still and receive My peace from above Do not go away Remain in my love Buds are nourished by living fare And sustained with My power from above Do not go away Remain in my love The hands you clench in trembled prayer Will spread to praise My fullness from above
Leaves and flowers – down to the least bud – are nourished by the living sap within. They do not cause it to rise or regulate its flow. They do not understand its mysterious power. But as it flows through them, it revives them, renews them.
We may have others help us. Or we may have no one. But whether we are set in families or must face circumstances alone, we know that we must depend on something that is not of ourselves to keep us fresh and green. Sometimes we are too spent even to pray for this renewing life to flow within. We need not pray! There are times when all that is asked of us is just what is asked of the leaves and flowers: They remain in the plant; the sap flows up to them.
The most tired of us can remain, stay there, be there – no words can be too simple to explain what our Lord means by this: He says, simply, “Do not go away.”
…Even if we are completely silent, asking nothing, only letting our hearts rest in quietness in Him. He will cause the renewing life-sap to rise.
The things we would least choose to have are around us. But in these things, says Rutherford, “Do not let yourself be thrown down or give in to despair. Stand evenly at the will of God.
Amy Carmichael, Rose From Brier, pp. 61-63.