One of my favorite people to read about and learn from is the late Elisabeth Elliot. What faith she had in the Lord and if you’ve read any of her books, or know anything about her husband, the late *Jim Elliot, you will certainly know what I mean.
As I was reading my devotional this morning, which happens to be one of her books, I was struck by her words:
Learning to pray is learning to trust the wisdom, the power, and the love of our Heavenly Father, always so far beyond our dreams. He knows our need and knows ways to meet it that have never entered our heads. Things we feel sure we need for happiness may often lead to our ruin. Things we think will ruin us (the chariots of Egypt, or the waters of the sea), if we believe what the Father tells us and surrender ourselves into His strong arms, bring us deliverance and joy.
~Excerpt from Keep A Quiet Heart, Elisabeth Elliot
Interestingly enough, my husband and I just shared a conversation this morning where we confessed our fear of trusting Him for our needs to be met with a particular expense we’re facing in the (hopefully) distant future…wayyyy distant future. It was then that the Lord reminded me of a time not too far back when we were faced with a similar overwhelming financial expense. At that time, a wise friend of our family wisely counseled my husband, “It’s not about the (thing you’re needing); it’s a faith issue.” And, indeed it was. A matter of days later, we were able to financially take care of the need we had. Of course, the Lord somehow, some way provided. Then, as usually happens, we were on to the next seemingly impossible situation.
I truly believe that the Lord places situations in our path where we are faced with choosing faith over fear. Since His Word is clear about not being afraid or fearful, we hopefully, eventually succumb to placing our faith in Him. And, if we’re prudent, we’ll keep a mental file, at least, of all the times throughout our lives where He has brought us through over, and over again. Later, when faced with another seemingly impossible situation, we can recall all He has brought us through, choose faith and banish fear knowing that He is for us and not against us and that He can be trusted.
*In 1956, five young men, including Elliot’s husband, Jim, traveled into the jungles of Ecuador to establish communication with the fierce Huaorani Tribe, a people whose only previous response to the outside world has been to attack all strangers. The men’s mission combined modern technology with innate ingenuity, sparked by a passionate determination to get the gospel to those without Christ. In a nearby village, their wives waited to hear from them. The news they received – all five missionaries had been murdered – changed lives around the world forever. Written while she was still a missionary in South America and at the request of the men’s families, Through Gates of Splendor was Elisabeth Elliot’s personal account of the final mission of these five courageous men.