In addition to a few other books and studies I’m reading right now is this one. I whole-heartedly recommend it. A family member/friend (the sister of my sister’s husband counts as family and friend, right?) has sent me encouraging EE quotes for some time now and I finally decided to purchase this collection of Elisabeth Elliot’s works.
After reading through the table of contents and the introduction (does everyone read those, too?), I flipped back to the front cover and contemplated, “what keeps my hear quiet?” The Sunday School answer is, of course, “Jesus.” And I, of course, concluded that Jesus does indeed keep my heart quiet. Jesus and so much more that begins with Him.
I have, for the most part, stepped away from social media this last year plus. Social media does not keep my heart quiet. I began stepping away from social media by unfollowing/muting accounts/people that absolutely inflamed my heart and mind with stress, worry, even anger. If you follow me on social media, you know I get sucked into the insanity by reposting/sharing or even ranting of my own.
After another sleepless night, amidst much taking with God, I am finally convinced that that is not my calling; not what He wants me to do. The sharing and ranting don’t help me or anyone else in my world. Others are called to do that, and they do it so much better than I.
To keep my heart quiet, I realized I need to severely limit my inflammatory news intake. But there IS good news happening. There are lots and lots of great things happening in our town, our state, our country, and our world. I am going to focus more on those things as they do help to quiet my heart.
Part of my calling I know is to help others have a quiet heart. Do not misunderstand me. Sometimes I will touch on topics that are worrisome, unfair, scary, and anything but heart-quieting. My job, though (at least I think this is my job) is to live in this world of division and fear and write about what brings us back together and bring comfort and yes, quiet. Sometimes, that might include sharing and reposting. I follow some incredible women on social media who bring a timely word of quiet on a regular basis. I hope to be more like them going forward.
Although the book I am reading shares Elisabeth Elliot’s writings, I am going to share a writing from Amy Carmichael, as did EE at the beginning of her book?
“Thou art the Lord who slept upon the pillow,
Thou art the Lord who soothed the furious sea,
What matter beating wind and tossing billow
If only we are in the boat with Thee?
Hold us in quiet through the age-long minute
While Thou art silent, and the wind is shrill:
Can the boat sink while Thou, dear Lord, art in it?
Can the heart faint that waiteth on Thy will?”
Amy Carmichael, Towards Jerusalem (1936).