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Mountain Breezes from Amy Carmichael: A Gift of Poetry Became A Friend

Updated on January 1, 2018
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Lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought...Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, ..., and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.
Lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought...
Lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought... | Source
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, ..., and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, ..., and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? | Source
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. | Source

Amy Carmichael's Poetry In Mountain Breezes

If you know of Amy Carmichael's work you may also be familiar with her poetry. Whether you are familiar with her poems or not, you might like to pick up Mountain Breezes for it is a wonderful anthology that speaks Scripture truths to the believer's heart.

Meaningful Poems from Amy Carmichael for Life's Seasons

The poems contained in Mountain Breezes were penned from a heart and mind that knew and trusted God. Amy Carmichael's faith is recorded in poems for our benefit. Reading her work is an incredibly strengthening experience.

Trusting God when life turns in an unexpected direction is the secret to having the peace that passes understanding in difficult circumstances. Mountain Breezes by Amy Carmichael offers inestimable encouragement to be faithful to God's Word.

This book is full of rich blessings for ourselves and for those we love. As a guide for our prayers over the burdens we carry Carmichael's poems give insight and courage from Scripture for the pilgrim journey of this life.

A Beautiful and Inspiring Gift of Poetry

Mountain Breezes was a loving gift to me from our dear son when a dark hour descended on our family. It has become like a good friend, full of strength, comfort, support, and guidance for a Believer.

I have enjoyed being able to share its gifts with others because someone cared enough to share them with me. These lines from Amy Carmichael's hand are an example of why her encouragement is for difficult days in a Believer's life:

from Beauty and Battle


Lighten mine eyes till I joyfully see

Beauty in all that Thou givest to me,

Lord of the light.

Grant me Thy courage that, fearless and free,

Facing the odds, I may conquer with Thee,

Lord of the fight.


In thinking about how much of this life is a battle I was struck with what we have in being able to look to the Lord for help if we are Believers.

He sends the rain and the sun, the spring and the winter, the day and the night throughout the earth to all people, even those who worship the creation above the Creator.

From birth to death in this fallen world we all eventually have seasons rich with peace and joy as well as seasons of difficulty and hardship.

With the inestimable beauty of the hope that Amy Carmichael's lines present to us, there are also warnings that resonate through the ages:

Counting the Cost


Thou hast enough to pay they fare?

Well be it so;

But thou shouldest know,

Does thy God send thee there--

Is that it all? To pay thy fare?

There's been many a coin flung lightly down

Brings back a load of care.

It may cost what thou knowest not

To bring thee home from there.


Come What May

In all circumstances there is more to life than what those who trust Him according to His Word can comprehend. By faith with His help, Believers can accept the whole counsel of His Word and live out the enigma of how His ways are not our ways.

In trusting Him, we can be victorious in whatever we have to face in this world. By His power we can be faithful while He weaves the tapestry that takes us through our earthly lives.

Would I have chosen an unfair prison sentence for Joseph? Would I have chosen Abigail’s time with churlish Nabal? That martyr’s death for John? Amy Carmichael's suffering? The trials other Believers throughout the ages have faced?

Amy Carmichael's poetry in Mountain Breezes continues to uplift and strengthen Believers.
Amy Carmichael's poetry in Mountain Breezes continues to uplift and strengthen Believers. | Source

How did They Respond to Their Circumstances?

It was more than blind faith that enabled these people to persevere in the odds they faced. Their eye was not on the present, but on eternity, and they took God at His Word in order to remain faithful-- faithful in prayer, faithful in their daily walk, faithful to the end of this life.

Would I have chosen the Cross for the Lord Jesus? I cannot imagine that I could have even known much less understood what He faced in that choice, but because He willingly gave His life to it I have eternal security today.

The historical examples that God gives of His work among His people are mixed with mystery, sometimes beyond our ability to comprehend. Knowing that God has a clear view of eternity and that what He is doing in the here and now is related to that eternity, I am able to trust His wisdom and kindness in asking me to depend on Him in and for all things.

Encouragements from Christians who have gone before us are a tremendous help to others in their journey and Mountain Breezes is no exception. It is, however, exceptionally insightful, full of courage giving lines and stunning panoramas of living with eternity in view.


Endurance

(Isaiah 41:10, John 14:3)


God of patience and endurance,

Steadfast as the steadfast stars

Stands Thy promise, Thine assurance

Unto Thine ambassadors:

"I, thy God, will strengthen thee...

Where I am, there thou shalt be."


Lord, we would endure; O sift us

Clear of weakness; make us strong.

Lord, we would endure; O lift us

Into joy and conquering song.

Cause us in Thy peace to dwell,

Seeing the invisible.


Let us welcome all life's weather,

Whatsoever it may be;

And, or singly or together,

Find our heart's delight in Thee,

Our Redeemer, our Adored,

Lover and beloved Lord.

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you for stopping in and leave your comment!

  • Minnetonka Twin profile image

    Linda Rogers 

    7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for the recommendation of "Mountain Breezes." This sounds like a nice, hopeful read, for anything a day brings us.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    So glad you stopped by! Thank you for your comment!

  • snigdha.s profile image

    snigdha.s 

    7 years ago from India,mumbai

    Good hub.Very beautifully she has expressed in those lines especially"Beauty in all that Thou givest to me,".This line says so much.God gave us a beautiful world least we could do was to appreciate it.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you for stopping by and for your comments. So glad you have been blessed by her life's story.

  • FriendofTruth profile image

    FriendofTruth 

    7 years ago from Michigan

    Amy Carmichael's life is such an inspiring one. There's a great dvd for kids on her life that you can find at torchlighters.org

    It shows how that it was during her being immobile for so much of her life that she was able to write so much...

    It's amazing how God used this time to develop such great writings from her that have blessed so many.

    Thanks for sharing her poem with us!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks very much for stopping by and for leaving your comments.

  • cristina327 profile image

    Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

    7 years ago from Manila

    Great hub, great poetry, great insights to ponder about. Thank you for sharing it. Blessings to you and regards.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    8 years ago from the short journey

    So glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for leaving a comment. May "Mountain Breezes" be the blessing to you that it continues to be to me.

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    Alison Graham 

    8 years ago from UK

    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and leand not on your own understanding" - that was my Baptism verse. Trusting Him brings acceptance of the things in life that we cannot understand the reason for - great hub, I will reading Mountain Breezes, thank you

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    8 years ago from the short journey

    A good thing indeed, but praise to the One Who does know for His omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence.

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    8 years ago from Houston, Texas

    It is a good thing that we do not know all things in advance. We should be content to tackle each day as it comes. The security of knowing there is a better life ahead when we exit from this life is assuring. That book of poetry sounds wonderful. Thanks!

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