|Gray hairstreak butterfly on unidentified white flower
"As I think of you I think of words written by one who warred and suffered about six hundred years ago, Raymond Lull. 'Say, O Lover,' asked the Beloved, 'if I double thy trials, wilt thou still be patient?' 'Yea,' answered the Lover, 'so that Thou double also my love.' I am quite sure that the Beloved will double the love of His Lover, if at any time He doubles the trials....
"I give you Hebrews 10:35, 36 for the worst days that will ever come. 'Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, having done the will of God, ye may receive the promise.' I commit you to Him who bequeathed His peace to us just before He faced His cross. I commit you to Him who is your best beloved. He will never leave thee nor forsake thee; the work of righteousness (which is obedience) shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever."
~Amy Carmichael, Candles in the Dark, 102