I shared a story about Andrew Murray in my sermon last Sunday. Sounds like I spoke too fast and prevented some people from putting it down in their notes. I better reproduce it here.
The story puts South African pastor Andrew Murray laid up in bed with severe back pain, in the home of someone who hosted him on preaching trip. The person who attended to him one day in 1895 came to his room. She said a troubled woman had knocked on the door asking for his counsel. He said, “Just give her this advice I’m writing down for myself; it may be that she’ll find it helpful.”
The attendant dictated Murray’s advice for the troubled woman:
In time of trouble say, “First, He brought me here. It is by His will I’m in this strait place; in that I will rest.” Next, “He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child.” Then say, “He will make the trail a blessing, teaching me lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.” And last, say, “In His good time He can bring me out again. How, and when, He knows.”
Four truths emerge, and offer us timely help in our pandemic moment as well as in the ordinary moments we all hope to resume soon.
When facing a difficult situation we should confess with confidence:
I am here–Andrew Murray
1) by God’s appointment,
2) in His keeping,
3) under His training,
4) for His time.
Amy Carmichael shares this story in her book, Though the Mountains Shake, and more recently referenced by Mark Dever in the book, When Pain Is Real and God Seems Silent.