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The Weight of Wings

Elisabeth Elliot is one of my top ten favorite authors. You might have already figured this out since I seem to quote her very often.

This quote is from her book, Let Me Be a Woman. It seemed to perfectly encapsulate the idea of being content with womanhood:
"Perspective makes all the difference in the world. If you catch even a glimpse of the divine design (and who can see more than a glimpse of any part of it?) you will be humbled and awed at least. I believe a true understanding of it will also make you grateful. But there are those to whom being a woman is nothing more than an inconvenience, to be suffered because it is unavoidable and to be ignored if at all possible. Their lives are spent pining to be something else....The special gift and ability of each creature defines its special limitations. And as the bird easily comes to terms with the necessity of bearing wings when it finds that it is, in fact, the wings that bear the bird--up, away from the world, into the sky, into freedom--so the woman who accepts the limitations of womanhood finds in those very limitations, her gifts, her special calling--wings, in fact, which bear her up into perfect freedom, into the will of God. You have heard me tell of Gladys Aylward, the 'Small Woman' of China, whom I heard speak many years ago at Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta. She told how when she was a child she had two great sorrows. One, that while all her friends had beautiful golden hair, hers was black. The other, that while her friends were still growing, she stopped. She was about four feet ten inches tall. But when at last she reached the country to which God had called her to be a missionary, she stood on the wharf in Shanghai and looked around at the people to whom He had called her. 'Every single one of them' she said, 'had black hair. And every single one of them had stopped growing when I did. And I said, 'Lord God, You know what you're doing!'"
--Elliot, Elisabeth. "The Weight of Wings" Let Me Be a Woman: Notes On Womanhood for Valerie. Tyndale, 1976. 31-32.

Hey, I love Elisabeth Elliot's "Let Me Be A Woman" as well as her "Passion & Purity". Gladys Aylward is one of my favorite missionary heroes...
thanks for the neat post!!!

Me too, on both counts!
If you have an interest in missionaries to China, then I'd check out any books by Isobel Kuhn. She was a missionary around the same time as Gladys Aylward and her books are very good.

Wow, that's a really neat quote. Makes you think about what we might not know God's preparing us for...if that sentence made any sense at all!

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