When Amy Carmichael was a little girl, she prayed earnestly one night that God would give her blue eyes. The next morning she excitedly jumped out of bed and looked into a mirror expecting that God had done a miracle for her.
However, to her dismay, her eyes were still brown. She started to cry, because she thought that God had not answered her prayer.
Amy’s mother then comforted her by telling her that brown eyes are beautiful, and sometimes God answers our prayers by saying no because He knows what is best.
Amy’s mother’s words proved to be true years later after Amy grew up and became a missionary to India.
Because of her brown eyes, Amy Carmichael was able to disguise herself as an Indian and rescue many girls from slavery in the Hindu temples.
These poor little girls had been sold by their families to the temples of India’s false gods for money. Then they were forced into prostitution to make money for the priests of the temples. It was a terrible thing! But Amy was able to save many girls because she had brown eyes.
If God had given Amy Carmichael blue eyes as a child, she would not have been able to do this important work.
- God knows everything that we need today, and in the future.
- Everyone is beautiful, no matter how they look, because that is the way God made them
- Sometimes God answers our prayers with “no,” because He knows what is best, so we must accept His answer, and seek how we can use His “no” to serve Him better.
Corresponding Bible Verses:
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
- “Carmichael, Amy.” Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. Timothy Larsen, editor. Downers-Grove, Illinois: Intervarsity Press, 2003.
- Davis, Rebecca Henry: With Daring Faith. Greenville, South Carolina: Bob Jones University, 1987.
- Houghton. Amy Carmichael. London: Hodder and Stoughton.