Do you often feel overwhelmed at just how much there is to do in life? As I sit here I can’t help but think of the jungle of laundry I need to do, the walls that need cleaning, the last 2 years of scrapbooking I need to finish, articles that I need to write ….. and on and on. Honestly sometimes I feel so overwhelmed I just don’t get anything done.
Today I heard the inspiring story of Elisabeth Elliot. She and her husband Jim were missionaries in Ecuador in the 1950s. When Jim and several other male missionaries tried to take the message of Jesus to the remote and often fierce, Auca Indian tribe, they were speared to death – leaving Elisabeth and her 10 month old daughter alone in the jungle.
Elisabeth felt overwhelmed by all the new roles she had to take on at the mission base and the things she didn’t know how to do. Elisabeth often just wanted to collapse, sit down and feel sorry for herself. (Boy, I sure know that feeling!) When she started to feel this way though, this old Saxon legend and poem inspired her. It still inspires her today. (Me too!)
“Do it immediately, do it with prayer, do it reliantly, casting all care. Do it with reverence, tracing His hand, who placed it before thee with earnest command. Stayed on omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing, leave all resultings, do the next thing.”