Recently I had the opportunity to visit with a team from the USA and also to speak at the annual Missions Convention of The Welcome Evangelical Church in Belfast.
The Welcome Evangelical Church has been a light in the Woodvale area of Belfast for 125 years. It was founded by the renowned missionary, Amy Carmichael. Amy, who came from Millisle, Co Down is best known for her work in India and for also founding the Donavur Fellowship.
Amy Carmichael was one of India's most heroic missionaries, and a woman whose life continues to inspire many people today. Over the years she has written many inspiring words.
The following is her account of a scene known as “The Daisy Chain Story” which she saw in her mind one sleepless night as she agonized over the people around her who didn't know Christ: She saw herself standing on the edge of a sheer cliff that dropped off into this dark and seemingly bottomless space. She described the people who were moving steadily toward that edge. She saw a blind woman plunge over the cliff with a baby in her arms and a child holding onto her dress. Streams of people began to come from all directions; all of them blind. There were terrible screams as they suddenly found themselves plunging into that awful darkness. There were, thankfully, a few sentinels along the edge, but the gaps between them were pretty far apart. And while the sentinels (a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch) were able to save a few, most people were plummeting unwarned into that oblivion. In Amy Carmichael's words, "Over and over the people fell, like a waterfall of souls." She went on to say, "Then I saw a little picture of peace, a group of people under some trees, with their backs turned toward that gulf." When she investigated what had them so occupied that they were ignoring the carnage just beyond their circle, she found them playing with the grass and the flowers. They were busy...making daisy chains.
The following are some observations that can be applied from the “Daisy Chain Story”:
- If you've never put your total trust in Jesus Christ and His cross to rescue you from your sins, you are the blind man or woman headed for that spiritual destruction. Not because it's what God wants, but because you've never opened your heart to the Savior who died so you don't have to. And none of us knows how soon we'll reach the edge. If you are heading toward that destruction over the edge and you've never let Jesus rescue you from that destruction why not do it now: (For further help or information see contact details at the end of the article)
- Perhaps your place in the picture is standing as one of those sentinels, trying to stop as many people as possible from going over the edge into a Christless eternity. You're actively praying for opportunities to tell people about Jesus. You're seizing every possible opportunity to give them the life-saving message about Him. Because of you, some of those folks will be rescued by Jesus. They'll be in heaven with you, and that will be the ultimate legacy of your life.
- However can I suggest that too many of us are in that group sitting in the grass, doing nothing about those around us who are moving steadily toward an awful eternity. We're too busy making our daisy chains. Could it be that we are so involved in our work, our family, our activities, even our church that we are missing the reason God has placed us where we are - to help some of the folks in our circle of influence be in heaven with you and I some day! I recognise that it is God who draws them to Himself, but His chosen means of how to know Him is you and I. He won't be sending an angel to tell them what Jesus did for them on the cross. He's left that with you and me. We are their opportunity of hearing about the good news of the gospel.
Are you one of the sentinels or are you too busy making daisy chains:
Maybe there's a gap in the rescue line because you haven't taken your place as God's rescuer of the people around you: “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30