Saturday, March 23, 2013

Joy and Drudgery

"I saw this principle in operation when I visited the Dohnavur Fellowship in India. There, day after day, year in and year out, Indian women (mostly single) care for little children, handicapped children, infirm adults, old folks. They don't go anywhere. They have none of our usual forms of amusement and diversion. They work with extremely primitive equipment - there is no running water, for example, no stoves but wood burning ones, no washing machines. In one of the buildings I saw this text: "There they dwelt with the King for His work." That's the secret. They do it for Him. They ask for and receive His grace to do it. I saw the joy in their lovely faces."

-Elisabeth Elliot
Keep a Quiet Heart, page 225-226
The reference quoted is 1 Chronicles 4:23


  1. So true. We are so adjusted to constant activity, phone, email, FB, etc., we never expect to be alone for long. AND, YET, a large portion of the world has lived that way and still does. Relying on Him is what counts and all that should.

    Thank you for this reminder.

    Oh, and, of course, I love the photo!

  2. Oh, I love Mrs. Elliot! I need to re-visit her writing soon.