Shadow and Coolness

It’s supposed to get up into the 100s today. I am so glad for air conditioning! But the forecasted high temperatures reminded me of this poem. Amy Carmichael was a missionary in India for most of her adult life. The inspiration for this poem came as a result of the heat in India and the refreshing coolness to be found in the shadow, plus the story of the Israelites being led by the pillow of fire by night and the pillar of cloud by day in the book of Exodus.

I Follow Thee

Shadow and coolness, Lord,
Art Thou to me;
Cloud of my soul, lead on,
I follow Thee.
What though the hot winds blow,
Fierce heat beats up below?
Fountains of water flow –
Praise, praise to Thee.

Clearness and glory, Lord,
Art Thou to me;
Light of my soul, lead on,
I follow Thee.
All through the moonless night,
Making its darkness bright,
Thou art my heavenly Light –
Praise, praise to Thee.

Shadow and shine art Thou,
Dear Lord, to me;
Pillar of cloud and fire,
I follow Thee.
What though the way be long,
In Thee my heart is strong,
Thou art my joy, my song –
Praise, praise to Thee.

3 thoughts on “Shadow and Coolness

  1. Oh, WOW…that’s just perfect for my last day of VBS. It was 107 degrees F yesterday! Thanks for giving me some beautiful words…and strong message….to focus on. Who am I gonna follow today!?

    Seeing as you know him…please pray for our Pastor and Family…they have a family funeral to attend in IL (yes, during the last VBS)…and will be zooming back for the evening’s closing program!

  2. Pingback: 31 Days of Missionary Stories: Amy Carmichael and Singleness | Stray Thoughts

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