Saturday, November 28, 2015

Day Twenty-Eight: What Do You Need?

God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don't have now, we don't need now.
(Elisabeth Elliot)

Deep in the jungle of Ecuador, five men bravely entered the territory of the Auca natives to share the love of God. They began with great success and felt they were making friends with the people. Due to a big misunderstanding, the Aucas speared the five missionaries to death. Their wives were devastated when they finally realized what had happened to their husbands. 

Upon reading this story, I was taken with the courage of the men, but it was the resilience and perseverance of the women to return to the Aucas with forgiveness and to carry on the work that their husbands had begun. Elisabeth Elliot was one of them. If she can speak the quote above with the horrific experience she endured, how much more can I say that I don't need what I don't have right now. Do you look to a hero of the faith? I read stories of great men and women to my children because Jesus is their ultimate example, and we are also encouraged by fellow sojourners who are living according to the Word of God. Gaining insight from wiser and more mature believers sharpens us for our own pilgrimages. Elisabeth's prayers are insightful and inspiring. Research the men and women who have given their life's work (or even their lives) for Jesus. It will bolster your faith to even greater heights... and it may just change what you think you need.

Here are some examples:
Amy Carmichael
Gladys Aylward
David Livingstone
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Corrie Ten Boom

Faith Like Potatoes (movie) 

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
(Ephesians 4:19)

The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.
(Psalm 6:9)
 First snow! Using every bit of it for a snowman or two.
A few hours later...
"Frost-bite" is beginning to lean and "Ashanti" is losing her carrot nose, but it was fun while it lasted!


Camille said...

Beautiful post! Elisabeth's quote is so true...and so difficult to discern at times. How wonderful it is to know that our Heavenly Father knows what is best and provides everything we need each and every day. That snow looks like the kind we get here. :) Hugs to you! Love, Camille

Heather said...

Thank you, Camille. As much as I love it when the kids make snow-people, I love it when it melts too! I suppose you have the best of both worlds in B.C. :)