I’ve loved Elisabeth Elliot since high school. I haven’t read all of her books, but I’ve read several over the years, and they always put much needed fat on skinny bones. Right now I’m in the middle of The Path of Loneliness: Finding Your Way through the Wilderness to God.
Here is the full quote from the picture above (which is a good one to pin, btw):
With what misgivings we turn over our lives to God, imagining somehow that we are about to lose everything that matters. Our hesitancy is like that of a tiny shell on the seashore, afraid to give up the teaspoonful of water it holds lest there not be enough ocean to fill it again. Lose your life, said Jesus, and you will find it. Give up, and I will give you all. Can the shell imagine the depth and plenitude of the ocean? Can you and I fathom the riches, the fullness, of God’s love?
I’m glad to say goodbye to 2013. It was filled with ripping pain. I’ve never been so frightened or empty or lonely in all my life. I wondered sometimes how I would ever find my way to the other side.
I’m still walking.
We may be earnestly desiring to be obedient and holy. But we may be missing the fact that it is here, where we happen to be at this moment and not in another place or another time, that we may learn to love Him—here where it seems He is not at work, where His will seems obscure or frightening, where He is not doing what we expected Him to do, where He is most absent. Here and nowhere else is the appointed place. If faith does not go to work here, it will not go to work at all.
I hope that meets some of you right where you are today. I’m always so amazed at how God has just the right message for us at just the right time. He loves us dearly. (Don’t ask me why – I’m just glad He does.)
You know – when we get hurt, we either fight or we run and hide. I’ve done a lot of both in my life. Do you ever find a great hole in the ground where you finally feel safe – and then when you DO venture to stick your neck out the hole to see if the sun might be shining – you get swung at? Back down the hole you go. Not doing THAT again. I’m no dummy.
Someone told me about Brene Brown this past week. She’s done extensive research on vulnerability for many years. I’m going to embed her video on vulnerability here (if you are reading this in an email, you may need to click over to the blog to watch – or go on YouTube. It is SO worth it.)
It’s only about 20 minutes long – but it’s fabulous. Every single one of you will be able to relate. She’s funny (humor helps) – and she’s got some great insights into this topic which we Christians would translate “humility.” I plan to watch it with my husband and older kids and have a good discussion afterward.
Before I embed this video, let me say thank you to those of you who filled out the reader survey I sent out privately yesterday. I plan to talk more about that next week – but I wanted to tell you now that I have been blown away by the encouraging responses. I don’t see you – and most of the time I wonder if you are a figment of my imagination – so to have this kind of personal contact has meant the world to me.
I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did: