by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Made for the Journey One Missionary’s First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador by Elisabeth Elliot, first published as These Strange Ashes, tells the story of the beginning of her life as a missionary.
The thing that impressed me most with Elisabeth’s vivid retelling of her first year as a young missionary in the jungles of Ecuador, is the honesty in which she tells her story. Nothing is sugar-coated or made to look glamorous. She details the struggles, the questions, making do with the barest of necessities, balancing necessary physical needs of life with pursuing God’s calling, and acceptance of God’s sovereignty when things don’t turn out as hoped and planned.
Near the conclusion of her book Elisabeth makes several statements which, to me, were powerful. One such statement was a story told about Jesus, the disciples, and stones. As Elisabeth tells it, the story goes like this.
As Jesus and his disciples walked along a stony road, Jesus asked each of them to choose a stone to carry for him. John chose a large one while Peter chose the smaller. Jesus led them then to the top of a mountain and commanded that the stones be made bread. Each disciple, by this time tired and hungry, was allowed to eat the bread he held in his hand, but of course Peter’s was not sufficient to satisfy his hunger. John gave him some of his.
Some time later Jesus again asked the disciples to pick up a stone to carry. This time Peter chose the largest of all. Taking them to a river, Jesus told them to cast the stones into the water. They did so, but looked at one another in bewilderment.
“For whom,” Jesus asked, “did you carry the stone?”
Whatever we feel the Lord has called us to do for him, perhaps the question we need ask ourselves is the one asked in Elisabeth’s story.
For whom did we carry the stones?
Reading Elisabeth Elliot’s story made me look at my life and evaluate it in a new way. Perhaps it will do the same for you.
Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?
I wish you well.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.
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