Joseph Parker was once speaking of the mother of Moses as she laid the
ark with her babe among the flags by the river’s bank.
“Aye,” he said, “but before doing so she laid it on the heart of
“We are often surprised at the outward calmness of men who are called
upon to do unpleasant and most trying deeds; but could we have seen them in
secret, we should have known the moral preparation which they underwent before
coming out to be seen of men.
“Be right in the sanctuary if you would be right in the market place!
Be steadfast in prayer if you would be calm in affliction! Start your
race from the throne of God itself--if you would run well, and win the prize!”