If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you... I have told you this, so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
John 15:7, 11
Do not be weighted down with "flying" words of others. Do not expect your peace to come from the mouths of men. And do not allow the ignorant stock phrases of the "well" to the "ill" to penetrate your shield. How can then, the unwounded, know anything about the matter?
But the Lord Creator knows! And all who have suffered know: Pain and helplessness are not "rest" the Lord has given; nor is the weakness that follows the pain; nor the tiredness, that is so tired of being inwardly tired. These things are far from true rest.
Our Father knows that our rest is found only in receiving a sense of well-being - a well-being that, no matter our circumstances, is like the sense one has after a gallop on horseback, or a plunge in a forest pool, or the glorious sea.... He knows it! He created us so, and can the Creator ever forget? If He remembers what true rest is, what does it matter that others forget?
Thus, we can be comforted and filled with His gift, an inward sweetness. And we can thank Him even when other trample unawares upon us, talking smooth nothings.
My Father, You know the things that weigh us and our NEEMA girls down... the hurtful words... the crushing circumstances... Let us all be gracious when others offer "smooth nothings." We pray that our NEEMA girls will listen only for Your voice, and let their spirit rest in the assurance that comes with Your every whisper.
Devotion rewritten from "I Come Quietly To Meet You", Amy Carmichael.