Amy Carmichael intended the following little convo as admonition/comfort for invalids (including herself, since she suffered from sporadic poor health and was mostly bedridden for her last two decades of life after a chance accident). This little interchange strikes me as also applicable to certain seasons of the CSPP life—actually, as applicable to moments or years in the life of just about anyone who seeks to deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Christ.
A Voice [God’s] speaks within you:
“Things will never be as they were before? That is true; for they will be better.
“You will never do this and this again? That also is true, for I have other things for you to do.
“They are not what you would choose? But they are indeed the best that Love can choose for you.
…And yet—O Lord, forgive; the things I cannot do are looking in through my window now, and beckoning me, and calling me.
“But I am here in the room with you: I am nearer than those beckoning, calling things. I come between them and you. You have nothing to do now, but to please Me.”
Elsewhere in the same book, Carmichael observed,
This, then, is the call to the climbing soul. Expose yourself to the circumstances of His choice, for that his perfect acquiescence in the will of God.