Tribute to Elisabeth Elliot
“Faith's most severe tests come not when we see nothing, but when we see a stunning array of evidence that seems to prove our faith vain. If God were God, if He were omnipotent, if He had cared, would this have happened?”
“This grief, this sorrow, this total loss that empties my hands and breaks my heart, I may, if I will, accept, and by accepting it, I find in my hands something to offer. And so I give it back to Him, who in mysterious exchange gives Himself to me.”
That is only one book. Each of the books I have read by Elisabeth Elliot have spoken to my heart in ways it is hard to put into words. Her quotes, her story, her testimony; all have remained a constant encouragement in my fight against the flesh and desiring to please the Lord. What perhaps drew me to Elisabeth the most is seeing how utterly human she was in her writings. She was simply a women of faith longing to please her Father and learning how to flesh that out in following his calling over her life as a missionary, wife, and mother.
I wish I could have told her face to face how thankful I am that she wrote, that she allowed God to use her as a vessel for his mighty plan, though she often may have doubted why she wrote at all. Thank you, Elisabeth, for pouring your heart out on pages, for the world to see the grace of God abundantly in the life of just another woman.
Below are more of my favorite quotes: