Scraps by Nobody

Thursday, December 7, 2006   8:45 a.m.

Dear Diary,

At the age of 19, Amy Carmichael, together with her six brothers and sisters started a family magazine they called Scraps. Each one of the children chose a fictitious name. “Norman became ‘Namron,’ Ernest became ‘Oddfellow,’ Eva became ‘Lulu,’ Ethel became ‘Atom,’ Walter became ‘Blanco,’ Alfred became ‘S.S.I.’ (which stood for Silly, Silly Idiot) and Amy, not surprisingly, became ‘Nobody”’ (A Chance to Die, p. 38). Each one of the children wrote something for the family magazine and occasionally drew drawings and cartons. The family rose every morning at 4:50 a.m. and were very disciplined in their work and studies. The fictitious name of Amy Carmichael really spoke to me. After her brothers and sisters had all chosen a name, when asked who she was, Amy said “Nobody”. We are all “Nobody”. The only “Somebody” is God. Isaiah 40:12 reminds us of this fact. It demonstrates the greatness of God and the weakness of man. “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, [Nobody, but God] Who hath meted out heaven with a span, [Nobody, but God] Who hath comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, [Nobody, but God] Who hath weighted the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?” [Nobody, but God] (Isaiah 40:12). Only God can do these things. Only God is “Somebody.”

Thought for Today: “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket…” (Isaiah 40:15).

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