Devotional by Hannah Whitall Smith, Focus 4

God’s Hidden Chariots
By Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911)

Earthly cares are a heavenly discipline. But they are something even better. They are God’s chariots, sent to take the soul to its high places of triumph. They do not look like chariots. They look like enemies, suffering trials, defeats, misunderstandings, disappointments, unkindnesses. They look like ‘vehicles’ that are dangerously out of control, crashing toward us with misery and wretchedness, about to roll over us and crush us. But if we [only] could see them as they really are.

Here is the secret: Everything that comes to us becomes a chariot the moment we treat it as such.all are chariots waiting to carry you to very heights of victory you have so longed to reach. On the other hand, even the smallest trial becomes one of those out-of-control vehicles to thrust you into misery and despair if you let it. It lies within each one of us to choose which it shall be.

The chief characteristics of [the higher life] in God are these: entire surrender to the Lord, and perfect trust in Him. This will result in victory., and inward rest of the soul. It differs from the lower range of Christian experience in that it causes us to let the Lord carry our burdens … and direct our affairs for us.

Hannah Whitall Smith wrote several books, but the most celebrated was the classic, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life. Published in 1875, it is still in print.