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The Acceptance of the Divine

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
      ISAIAH 16

      WHEN over dizzy heights we go,
      One soft hand blinds our eyes,
      The other leads us, safe and slow,
      O Love of God most wise!

      THE simple thought of a life which is to be the un-folding of a Divine plan is too beautiful, too captivating, to suffer one indifferent or heedless moment. Living in this manner, every turn of your experience will be a discovery to you of God, every change a token of His fatherly counsel. Whatever obscurity, darkness, trial, suffering, falls upon you; your defeats, losses, injuries; your outward state, employment, rela-tions; what seems hard, unaccountable, severe, or, as nature might say, vexatiou--all these you will see are parts or constitutive elements in God's beautiful and good plan for you, and, as such, are to be accepted with a smile. Take your burdens, and troubles, and losses, and wrongs, if come they must and will, as your opportunities, knowing that God has girded you for greater things than these.

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