June 25, 2014 - I Remember
By Violet Schoonmaker
As the prophet said, the compassions of God fail not. "They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22,23).
Even before we were born, before the foundations of the earth were laid, God's mercies began to be manifested toward us. He had a plan for each of our lives, an eternal purpose that was to be wrought out. While we cannot see the marks of His fingers on every line of the purpose, still we receive now and then, here and there, special indications of His love and faithfulness. I remember with gratitude many of those special touches of His hand upon my life.
I remember at the age of 5 years praying for a clean heart during a revival in our little Methodist Episcopal church in the country. At the age of 8 I became a member of that church, but for the next 10 years I was far from being a victorious Christian.
I remember my mother remaining by the coal heater in our sitting room long after the rest of the family had retired for the night. She was praying for us.
I remember kneeling at the altar and singing out of a young and surrendered heart: "I'll go where You want me to go, dear Lord, O'er mountain, or plain, or sea; I'll say what You want me to say, dear Lord, I'll be what You want me to be."
I remember when Dr. Henry Wilson spoke during a revival at our church on John 20:21, "As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." I knew God was speaking to me through these words of Jesus.
I remember the greatest revival I ever saw. It came not long after I landed in India. Many of the 500 orphans under our care were saved and baptized with the Holy Spirit.
I remember the precious companion God gave me, and our six precious children. And I remember when the nurse gave me the word that Daddy had gone on to be with the Lord. But today all our children love the Lord, and four of them are working as missionaries in India.
I remember the times when problems in the church seemed far too great to solve. Then I remember how God stepped in.
I remember His wonderful provisions for me during these 12 years since I have returned from India. It will not be long until this earthly life is over. Then He will look upon my life as one more of the trophies of His Calvary.
"Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified" (Psalm 70:4).
— "I Remember" originally appeared in the February 16, 1964, Pentecostal Evangel.
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