Many years ago, I ended up riding in an elevator with Elisabeth Elliot. It was during a Christian conference, and we were headed down from the hotel to the convention center. As soon as I recognized her, my brain started buzzing with things I wanted to say to her: how much I admired her, how her writing had inspired me, etc. But in the end, I didn’t say a word – partly out of shyness, but I also figured she might enjoy a quiet “elevator moment” in the midst of a crowded event. So instead, I just smiled, and let her presence remind me of how impact-fully God can use and bless a heart submitted to Him.
“Can we give up all for the love of God? When the surrender of ourselves seems too much to ask, it is first of all because our thoughts about God Himself are paltry. We have not really seen Him, we have hardly tested Him at all and learned how good He is. In our blindness we approach Him with suspicious reserve. We ask how much of our fun He intends to spoil, how much He will demand from us, how high is the price we must pay before He is placated.
If we had the least notion of His loving-kindness and tender mercy, His fatherly care for His poor children, His generosity, His beautiful plans for us; if we knew how patiently He waits for our turning to Him, how gently He means to lead us to green pastures and still waters, how carefully He is preparing a place for us, how ceaselessly He is ordering and ordaining and engineering His Master Plan for our good-if we had any inkling of all this, could we be reluctant to let go of our smashed dandelions or whatever we clutch so fiercely in our sweaty little hands?
“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him”
1 Corinthians 2:9