Monday, November 23, 2015

Amy Carmichael-Arulai's Angry Temper

By Mary Vee
Year: January, 1904-1906 
Amy Carmichael: 36 years old

From Amy's Journal

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My name is Amy Carmichael. I am a missionary in India.

I'm going to tell you a story about a ten-year-old girl I met named Arulai.

Arulai didn't have many friends. Everyday at school her temper leaped like a lion. She yelled at the other kids and hit them.

She was always sorry afterwards. So sorry she prayed to her family's god begging for help to make her angry temper go away. 

She rubbed ashes on her head the next morning and prayed to her parents' god "Silva." She begged to be heard and to have the angry temper taken away.

Nothing happened. The next day at school her anger grew during recess. She yelled at her friends. None of the kids wanted to play with her.

After school she talked with her dad. "What can I do? I want to stop but I don't know how. I've prayed to our god Silva. I don't know what else to do."

Dad sighed. He kneeled and hugged his little girl. "Other than what you've done there is nothing, Arulai. You must find a way to calm your temper yourself."

At school Arulai's friends stayed away from her. She felt so lonely.

More than anything she wanted her bad temper to go away. Her parents' god, Silva wasn't helping. She tried praying to other Indian gods. One of them must be able to help her. She prayed to Brahma, Vishnu, and other gods. 

"Please," she begged, "take away my angry temper."

That day at school she became angry with the boys and girls in her class again. That night after supper she ran out to the field. "There must be a God who is powerful enough to help me. One I can worship." She fell to the ground and shouted. "Please show me who you are. Please help me with my angry temper."

She stood and brushed the dirt off her clothes hoping to find out who the great God was.

Come back next time to read the exciting story about the little girl!

Resources used for this series:. 
Benge, Janet, and Geoff Benge. Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems. Seattle, WA: YWAM Pub., 1998. Print.
Davis, Rebecca Henry. With Daring Faith: A Biography of Amy Carmichael. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones UP, 1987. Print.
Dick, Lois Hoadley. Amy Carmichael: Let the Children Come. Chicago: Moody, 1984. Print.
Meloche, Renee Taft., and Bryan Pollard. Amy Carmichael: Rescuing the Children. Seattle, WA: YWAM Pub., 2002. Print.
Wellman, Sam. Amy Carmichael: A Life Abandoned to God. Uhrichville, OH: Barbour Pub., 1998. Print.

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