Elizabeth Elliot’s Childhood Poem
Elizabeth Elliot is one of my favorite women of God. Ten or so years ago I regularly listened to her radio program. Just recently Ryan, who used to be a church youth director but is currently a co-worker with me in the mainback area of our assembly line, let me borrow her most famous book called Through Gates of Splendor. I have been wanting to read this book for years but had never gotten my hands on a copy. I’ve started the first chapter and it has captured my attention well. It tells of the missionary martyrdom in the 1950’s of Elizabeth’s first husband Jim.
This one is a definite read with my children.
Since I’m reading the book I got on the internet to find more information about Elizabeth Elliot. In a recent update from her husband, Larz told of how they are doing. And he told of a poem Elizabeth learned as a child about God’s love:
Said the Robin to the Sparrow:
“I should really like to know why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so.”
Said the Sparrow to the Robin:
“Friend, I think that it must be that they have no heavenly Father such as cares for you and me.”
I love how this simple poem reminds us to trust God. Of course, this poem refers to a passage taken from The Sermon on the Mount spoken by Jesus in Matthew 5,6 and 7. The passage in full context has 10 verses but the main verse the poem refers to is 26:
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold ° the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.