Moonless Trust

I have been reading Elisabeth Elliot’s book, Keep a Quiet Heart as part of my quiet time and this page particularly stood out to me this morning.

Moonless Trust
by Elisabeth Elliot

Some of you are perhaps feeling that you are voyaging just now on a moonless sea. Uncertainty surrounds you. There seem to be no signs to follow. Perhaps you feel about to be engulfed by loneliness. There is no one to whom you can speak of your need.
Amy Carmichael wrote of such a feeling when, as a missionary of twenty-six, she had to leave Japan because of poor health, then travel to China for recuperation, but then realized God was telling her to go to Ceylon. (All this preceded her going to India, where she stayed for fifty-three years.) I have on my desk her original handwritten letter of August 25, 1894, as she was en route to Colombo. “All along, let us remember, we are not asked to understand, but simply to obey…. On July 28, Saturday, I sailed. We had to come on board on Friday night, and just as the tender (a small boat) where were the dear friends who had come to say goodbye was moving off, and the chill of loneliness shivered through me, like a warm love-clasp came the long-loved lines–‘And only Heaven is better than to walk with Christ at midnight, over moonless seas.’ I couldn’t feel frightened then. Praise Him for the moonless seas–all the better the opportunity for proving Him to be indeed the El Shaddai, ‘the God who is Enough.”‘
Let me add my own word of witness to hers and to that of the tens of thousands who have learned that He is indeed Enough. He is not all we would ask for (if we were honest), but it is precisely when we do not have what we would ask for, and only then, that we can clearly perceive His all-sufficiency. It is when the sea is moonless that the Lord has become my Light.


2 thoughts on “Moonless Trust

  1. Wow! I recall hearing Elisabeth Elliot speak while at Baylor and wonder…marvel… at her senseless trust in God, Who is indeed Enough. I just read the first part of Kisses for Katie and was reminded of Elisabeth and Amy and others sold out for God, sharing His Gospel in obedience. I think of you and your willingness to do for others, looking away from your own needs or agendas. I am convicted and comforted. I know not what God is asking of me or where He is guiding, but I want with all of my heart to follow. For only in so-doing will my heart be full and will my Lord be honored. Please pray for me. Maybe it is late and I am crazy, but I just want to hear Him clearly and answer His call with all ~

    1. Girl, I am praying for you right now. I know you answer His call everyday. Keep seeking Him. I think I am learning that often in the ordinary day – He shines the brightest when we allow Him to work – right where we are. The call is huge to love and obey Him daily. The hard things of loving those around us – neighbors, kids, husbands. Not to mention all the work y’all do for Providence – teaching kids to love the Lord is of the utmost importance and one of the only callings we have as parents! You are loved!

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