Rainbows are made of sunlight and rain. The sunlight, which turned my world into a radiance of color, was the knowledge of Jim Elliot’s love. The rain was the other fact he explained to me… that God was calling him to remain single.
Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity (Revell, 2002), p. 52.
Have you ever had such wonderful tidings to be clouded by such a seemingly dreadful announcement? What could be worse than for a man to admit he is deeply in love with you but has no intention of getting married? Well, she prayed the more fervently (he did too), and eventually God did move Jim and Elizabeth to be married. But for a while leading up to that wonderful day, Elizabeth chose to let the rain of Jim’s choice form a rainbow of promise rather than a flood of shattered dreams.
How do you face disappointments? Are they gloomy gales? scary storms? or reassuring rainbows?
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Elisabeth Elliot’s writing has greatly influenced my life, even as a grown married woman. I truly wish someone had introduced me to her works when I was a teenager, but I am learning that it is never too late to incorporate the principles she teaches: namely, that passion is not sinful and purity is not prudish. Nor are they mutually exclusive. You can have both.