The Glad Surrender

In my tribute last week to Elisabeth Elliot I mentioned that she is one of my favorite contemporary Christian writers. However, I had never read one of her best-loved books, Discipline: The Glad Surrender. I’ve begun to read it this week. My only regret is that I didn’t read it when I was much younger.

As another tribute to Elisabeth Elliot, I’m quoting from this book today:

“The closer one comes to the center of things, the better able he is to observe the connections. Everything created is connected, for everything is produced by the same mind, the same love, and is dependent on the same Creator. He who masterminded the universe, the Lord God Omnipotent, is the One who called the stars into being, commanded light, spoke the Word that brought about the existence of time and space and every form of matter: salt and stone, rose and redwood, feather and fur and fin and flesh. The titmouse and the turkey answer to Him. The sheep, the pig, and the finch are His, at His disposal, possessed and known by Him.

“We too are created, owned, possessed, known. We are dependent as the javelin is dependent. As I look at the ewe, peaceful, dependent, finding her food provided by the Lord, I think of how He provides for me as well. . . .

“God calls me. In a deeper sense than any other species of earthbound creature. I am called. And in a deeper sense I am free, for I can ignore the call. . . . God created me with the power to disobey; for the freedom to obey would be nothing at all without the corresponding freedom to disobey. I can answer no, of I can answer yes. My fulfillment as a human being depends on my answer, for it is a loving Lord who calls me through the world’s fog to His island of peace. If I trust Him, I will obey Him gladly.”

– From Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot