Year: January, 1904-1906
Amy Carmichael: 36 years old
From Amy's Journal
My name is Amy Carmichael. I am a missionary in India.
Last week I introduced you to ten-year-old Arulai. Her story of asking Jesus into her heart has been so wonderful to share.This is now the third week I am sharing more of her story.
Yes, a ten-year-old can have an amazing story! If you want to read the first two parts of Arulai's story here are the links: Part 1 Part 2
Arulai returned to the well at the same time the next day hoping to hear the foreign man and two women speak about the living God.
She heard them call the living God the Lord Jesus and invited the people listening to a meeting.
Arulai went to the meeting and sat with other children. The words spoken touched her heart but she had doubts. Is this man really talking about the living God. How do I know He is real? Maybe I just want it so badly their words seem true.
Ten-year-old Arulai decided to ask this living God for three things. If, she thought, he gives me two of the three I will believe he is the living God.
Because she had gone to the meeting she arrived home later than usual. Her mother stood at the doorpost with a broom in her hand. Her face was very angry and Arulai knew she would be beaten.
"Living God," she prayed, "For my first request I ask you keep my mother from punishing me."
But stepped close to the house, her mother grabbed her by the arm and hit her. Her mother yelled, "You are a disgrace to our family. What will others say when they hear you have gone to listen to those low-caste people? I will beat this idea out of you."
This was not the first time Arulai had been beaten. But it didn't mean the pain was any easier to take. The real problem was Arulai worried that the living God didn't answer her prayer.
The next day she went to another meeting and heard the man speak. Again she sat with other children. The man asked, "Have any of you been punished for coming here to learn about the Lord Jesus?"
The other children pointed to Arulai. One of the women said, "The Lord Jesus will give you strength to face this if you call on Him."
Arulai left the meeting feeling happy inside. She loved to hear the stories and words from the man and women. On her walk home she decided to ask for the second request from the living God. She saw a tamarind tree with ripe fruit hanging from the branches. The law in the country said it was illegal to pick fruit from the trees that do not belong to you. But if the fruit fell to the ground, it could be taken.
"Living God, Lord Jesus, please make this fruit fall at my feet." A piece of fruit fell to the ground. Arulai picked up the fruit and smiled. It looked delicious and she was sure this was a gift from the living God.
Still there was a third prayer that she would need to ask the living God to prove He was real. She neared her house and saw her mother in the doorway. "Please, living God, don't let my mother beat me. Show me you are real."
She neared the house and cowered like usual. Her mother reached out her arm but this time she did not hit Arulai. She gently hugged her daughter and said, "You're here! I thought you were lost!"
Arulai smiled. Jesus Lord truly is the living God. And He is the one who could help her with her temper problem.
Unfortunately this is not the end of her story. God is not a genie. He has a plan for our lives. Sometimes that plan involves problems that help us learn more about Him .
Come back next time to read the more of this exciting story about little Arulai.
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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