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Missionary Family Going Through Great Trial

Oasis Books, Logan, Utah

In Green Leaf in Drought, Isobel Kuhn relates the story of a missionary family going through great trials. The theme is

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit" Jer. 17:7-8.

Here is the passage (p. 59) that has encouraged some to a higher vision of trials. "These &ls;four anchors' they found in Andrew Murray's formula for trial.

1. Say, He brought me here. It is by His will I am in this strait place and in that fact I will rest.

2. He will keep me here in His love and give me grace to behave as His child.

3. Then He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends for me to learn.

4. In His good time He can bring me out again&md;how and when He knows.

So let me say, I am

(1) here by God's appointment;

(2) in His keeping;

(3) under His training;

(4) for His time."