Weight of Wings...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 / 3 comments



Mrs. Elisabeth Elliot Gren went to be with the Lord this week.

Her words have touched so many lives.

I thank the Lord that she took the time to pen so many books and write so many letters to encourage those around her. She allowed the Lord to use her, and because of that, my life has been enriched and my soul has been lifted up, and I never even personally met her. I often think that sharing her heart with us as she did in her books, couldn't have been easy. Her honesty in difficult and tragic times, gave us hope in our walk with the Lord...not because she wrote of her strength, but the strength and grace that God gave her. Mrs. Elliot always pointed us to that Hiding Place....the place of refuge under HIS everlasting arms...

One of my favorite chapters in her book, "Let Me Be a Woman", is actually quite short, but non the less, my favorite. It is called, "The Weight of Wings".
"Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands."
The Weight of Wings

Chapter 8 from Let Me Be A Woman
Elisabeth Elliot

Perspective makes all the difference in the world. 

If you catch even a glimpse of the divine design (and who can see more than a glimpse of any part if it?), you will be humbled and awed at least. I believe a true understanding of it will also make you grateful. But there are those to whom being a woman is nothing more than an inconvenience, to be suffered because it is unavoidable and to be ignored if at all possible. Their lives are spent pining to be something else. Every creature of God is given something that could be called an inconvenience, I suppose, depending on one’s perspective. The elephant and the mouse might each complain about his size, the turtle about his shell, the bird about the weight of his wings. But elephants are not called upon to run behind wainscots, mice will not be found "pacing along as thought they have an appointment at the end of the world," turtles have no need to fly nor birds to creep. The special gift and ability of each creature defines it’s special limitations. And as the bird easily comes to terms with the necessity of bearing wings when it finds that it is, in fact, the wings that bear the bird-up, away from the world, into the sky, into freedom-so the woman who accepts the limitations of womanhood finds in those very limitations her gifts, her special calling-wings, in fact, which bear her up into perfect freedom, into the will of God.
You have heard me tell of Gladys Aylward, the "Small Woman" of China, whom I heard speak many years ago at Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta. She told how when she was a child she had two great sorrows. One that while all her friends had beautiful golden hair, hers was black. The other, that while her friends were still growing, she stopped. She was about four feet ten inches tall. But when at last she reached the country to which God had called her to be a missionary, she stood on the wharf in Shanghai and looked around at the people to whom he had called her. Every single one of them," she said, "had black hair. And every single one of them had stopped growing when I did. And I said ‘Lord God, you know what you’re doing!’"

3 comments:

  1. Anita....this is perfect! "Turtles have no need to fly...." I love this today.......
    ~Mom~

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  2. Thank you for posting this, Anita! Just to think... I haven't been on blogger for a while due to internet issues, and when I decide to check it this morning, the very thing I need today pops up. I love how God orchestrates everything! Love you!

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    1. Valerie...I've been praying for you! It's been so long since I've heard how you are feeling. We are in the midst of VBS this week, and everything we are teaching t h e m, seems to be what I need on an adult level! :) It's all about His orchestration like you said. Hugs to you, Friend....your comment is what i NEEDED today...let's keep each other in prayer ok? I know I need it. Hugs!

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