As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.”LUKE 9:57
The ordinary road of life Has many twists and turns. It permits man to fall on his side, Producing painful road-burns. Accept everything as it comes. It's the best path to choose. Don't let the massive bumps in the road Get the better of you. Take life by the handle. Carry whatever-it-is God brings. Steadfastly, trust the Word which exacts; Stay focussed on this one thing. Know Him near and with you; He is your enduring guide. Believe that it-is-all worthwhile. He'll never leave your side!
The best training is to learn to accept everything as it comes, as from Him who our soul loves. The tests are always unexpected things, not great things that can be written up, but the common little rubs of life, silly little nothings, things you are ashamed of minding one scrap. Yet they can knock a strong man over and lay him very low.
It is a very good thing to learn to take things by the right handle…. It is extraordinary how the devil tries to “get” us on the ordinary road of life. But all is well if only we are in Him, deep in Him, and He in us – our daily strength and joy and song.
I have read and reread the bit in your letter about the love that constrains. Nothing less will hold on to the end… as we go on steadfastly obeying the word that compelled, we do become aware that it is all worthwhile. We know it, we know Him with us, and that is life.
Amy Carmichael, Candles in the Dark – Training for Service, p. 12.
My strong Dad, John Kennedy, was diagnosed with ALS on July 19, 2022. He is braving the most devastating diagnosis that I could imagine. In prayer, he refers to this trial as “My great hurt” and I never want to forget this.
On Monday, February 6, 2023 (only seven months after my Dad’s diagnosis of ALS), the neurologist told us that my Dad could contact hospice – whenever he felt ready. I need the courage to trust – just like my Dad. He is the bravest man that I know.