Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Chance to Die...

"One day, in this woman's hearing, something was said to a younger helper which almost drew from her a flashing, angry remark.  But at that moment, a word was spoken to her inwardly: 'See in this, a chance to die.'

"And though spoken inwardly, it was far more clearly heard than many a word addressed to the outward ear.

"'See in this'-- this provoking, this rebuke that should not have been-- 'a chance to die.'  To self, and the pride that comes from defending self.

"'See in anything'-- anything that rouses you to claim your 'rights', or even to consider them at all-- 'a chance to die.'

"Welcome anything that calls you to your only true position: 'I have been crucified with Christ...' (Galatians 2:20).

"A crucified life cannot be self-assertive.  It cannot protect itself.  It cannot be startled into resentful words.  The cup that is full of sweet water cannot spill bitter-tasting drops, however sharply it is knocked."

-Amy Carmichael, Gold by Moonlight

1 comment:

Alaina said...

What a good quote: ouch! :S I especially like the sentence that says "The cup that is full of sweet water cannot spill bitter-tasting drops, however sharply it it knocked." It painted a really clear picture for me.