QUOTES FROM THE WRITINGS OF LILIAS TROTTER
(All dated quotes are from her diaries and travel journals)

 

THE RADIANCE OF CHRIST

“For if the Sun of Righteousness has risen upon our hearts, there is an ocean of grace and love andpower lying all around us, an ocean to which all earthly light is but a drop, and it is ready to transfigureus, as the sunshine transfigured the dandelion, and on the same condition – that we stand full face to God.” Focussed

 

FAITH

“Believe in the darkness what you have seen in the light.” 1 August 1901

“It is water poured down into a low narrow channel that can rise into a fountain. Faith that come from
the depths has a spring in it!” 10 July 1896

“The stretched out hand of faith on earth, acting in union with the stretched out hand of God’s power in
heaven. That is the sort of faith we have go to learn before we have done with it.” 17 December 1899;
1 January 1900

“I am seeing more and more that we begin to learn what it is to walk by faith when we learn to spread
out all that is against us: all our physical weakness, loss of mental power, spiritual inability – all that is
against us inwardly and outwardly – as sails to the wind and expect them to be vehicles for the power of
Christ to rest upon us. It is so simple and self evident – but so long in the learning!” 22 August 1902

“Trained faith is a triumphant gladness in having nothing but God – not rest, no foothold – nothing but
Himself. A triumphant gladness in swinging out into that abyss, rejoicing in every fresh emergency
that is going to prove Him true. ‘The Lord alone’ – that is trained faith.” 9 September 1902

“Faith is the link which joins our uttermost weakness to God’s almighty strength.” I came on that the
other day, and it is so true, Faith that comes from the depths has a spring it it, like the water pressed
down into a low narrow channel that can rise into a fountain.” 10 July1896

 

ALONE WITH GOD

“We felt that we must get our bit of quiet in the garden today, for soul as well as body. He makes the
scraps of aloneness very very precious – and though there is no possibility of having a key or of
ensuring the quiet lasting for a moment, one gets a sense among the palms and fruit blossoms that one
has so far as possible shut the door. And it is true as of old that ‘the doors being shut, came Jesus.’”
3 March 1895

“Oh, the desert is lovely in its restfulness. The great brooding stillness over and through everything is
so full of God. One does not wonder that He used to take His people out into the wilderness to teach
them.” 3 April 1900; 6 March 1895

“The place where we wash His Feet with our tears has a great nearness to His Holy Place above.”
14 March 1926

 

PRAYER

“More and more one sees that prayer is a quiet time for thinking out God’s thoughts with Him and
giving our “Amen” in the Name of Jesus. Was it not Galileo, when the light of some great
astronomical law broke on him – or was it Newton? – who fell on his knees and said, ‘I praise Thee O
God that Thou has let me think a thought that Thou has been thinking.’” 19 September 1908

“Turn full your soul’s vision to Jesus, and look and look at Him, and a strange dimness will come over
all that is apart from Him, and the Divine ‘attrait’ by which God’s saints are made. . . will lay hold of
you. For ‘He is worthy’ to have all there is to be had in the heart that He has died to win.” Focussed

 

GUIDANCE

“Today’s ‘first lesson’ was in these little mountain paths. I followed mine only a few yards further this
morning and such an outburst of beauty came. You can never tell to what untold glories a little humble
path may lead, if you follow far enough.” 13 August 1899

“There is a great sense of rest in being in the way of His steps.” 7 March 1915

 

OBEDIENCE

“The milky-looking glacier torrent spoke with God’s voice this morning – so obedient to its course in
its narrow bed, yet just tossing with freedom and swing in every motion. Such a picture of the ‘rivers
of living water’ – bound and yet unbound.” 8 August 1899

“Life is grandly simple when the spirit of calculating results and consequences, even spiritual results
and consequences, has been left among the things that are behind, when obedience is the one thing that
matters, when God Himself, and no mere ‘experience’ is our exceeding great reward.” A Ripened Life

 

LIFE IN CHRIST

“A flower that stops short at its flowering misses its purpose. We were created for more than our own
spiritual development; reproduction, not mere development is the goal of matured being – reproduction
in other lives.” Parables of the Cross

“Holiness, not safety, is the end of our calling.” Parables of the Cross

 

SURRENDER

“Are our hands off the very blossom of our life? Are all things – even the treasure that He has
sanctified – held loosely, ready to be parted with, without a struggle, when He asks for them?”
Parables of the Cross

“And a like independence is the characteristic of the new flood of resurrection life that comes to our
souls as we learn this fresh lesson of dying – a grand independence of any earthly thing to satisfy or
soul. The liberty of those who have nothing to lose because they have nothing to keep. We can do
without anything while we have God.” Parables of the Cross

 

HUMILITY

“I am beginning to see that it is out of a low place that one can best believe.”

“The same lesson is reiterated all round by God: the simple ABC lesson that inadequacy and
inefficiency on the human side are His conditions for working. ‘He sealeth up the hand of every man,
that all men may know His work.’” 27 January 1904

 

DIFFICULTY

“’The clouds are the dust of His Feet.’

The beauty of that old line of Hebrew poetry came afresh today. The thickest of the cloud storm would
be just where He is passing. We see the dust now. We shall see His Footprints when He has passed
along the way.” 17 August 1919; 20 September 1924

“Take the very hardest thing in your life – the place of difficulty, outward or inward, and expect God to
triumph gloriously in that very spot. Just there He can bring your soul into blossom!” Parables of the
Cross

“All the more beautiful will be God’s triumph when it comes. The highest music is not the music
where all goes on simple and straight and sweet, but where discord suddenly resolves tensions with
harmony.” 12 February 1905

“We love to see the impossible done. And so does God.” 2 May 1899

“Yes: face it out to the end: cast away every shadow of hope on the human side as a positive
hindrance to the Divine; heap the difficulties together recklessly, and pile on as many more as you can
find: you cannot get beyond that blessed climax of impossibility. Let faith swing out on Him. He is
the God of the impossible.” The Glory of the Impossible

“The things that are impossible with men are possible with God. May it not be that the human
impossibility is just the very thing that set His Hand free? And that it is the things which are possible
for us to do that He is in a measure to let alone?” 22 May 1899

“’God loves with a great love the men whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.’ Oh to
learn how to fight through the battle in the heavenly places till the day comes. To attempt the
impossible and expect the impossible it comes back to that again.” The Glory of the Impossible

 

GOD’S WAYS

“We have such faith that it is God’s way, just because it is so unlike ours!” 26 November 1904

“May He gather all the fragments of the Spirit’s working into His eternal purposes and keep them
there.” 28 December 1912

“He is not bound to reproduce. He is the Creator: have we ever let our hearts and hopes go out to the
glory of that Name? Look at the tiny measure of creative power given to man, in music, poetry, art –
where there is a spark of it, how it refuses to be fettered by repeating itself. The history of His wonders
in the past is a constant succession of new things, and He is not at the end of His resources yet.”
The Glory of the Impossible

“For the world’s salvation was not wrought out by the three years in which He went about doing good,
but in the three hours of darkness in which He hung, stripped and nailed, in uttermost exhaustion of
spirit – soul and body – till His heart broke. So little wonder for us, if the price of power is weakness.”
27 October 1924

 

DAY OF SMALL THINGS

“Such a day of small things still, but on God’s terms, and that is enough. Size as well as time and space
count nothing with Him.” 1 January 1902

“These crystals have a word for us too, for each of them sprang out of some atom of a growing point
round which clustered crystallized this endless beauty of form. If we may but be a crystallizing point
from which God can work, it matters nothing, how insignificant that starting point.” 8 November 1927

“How childish it must seem to them, up in heaven, when we treasure the importance of a thing by its
size. ‘“Fulfilling His word’ ‘The meeting of His wishes’ – that is all that matters.” 24 October 1920

 

GOD’S TIMING

“We are proving these days that time is nothing to God: nothing in its speeding nothing in its halting.
He is the God that ‘inhabiteth eternity.’” 12 December 1920

“I am full of hope that when God delays in fulfilling our little thoughts, it is to leave Himself room to
work out His great ones.” 29 December 1903

“We have to do with One who “inhabiteth eternity” and works in its infinite leisure.” 2 May 1914

 

DIVINE POSSIBILITIES

“God only knows the endless possibilities that lie folded in each one of us!” Parables of the Cross

“All little miniature beginnings but all ‘beautiful in their time’, like the dark green August oranges in the
court below. The fact that they have got thus far into being is more than a promise. Like all the
promises of God they are (given the conditions) an accomplishment begun. His ‘Yea’ only waits our
‘Amen.’” 11 August 1906

“In all the outward withholdings of this year, God, as is His wont, has been “opening” a door where He
closes a window.” 6 May 1904

 

VOCATION OF LOVING

“We ourselves are ‘saved to save’ – we are made to give – to let everything go if only we may have more
to give. The pebble takes in all the rays of light that fall on it, but the diamond flashes them out again:
every little facet is a means, not simply of drinking more, but of giving more out.” Parables of the
Cross

“The still pool of living water lies in every saved soul, keeping life within that little plot of ground, but
there is a world of difference between a pool and a river. A river is wide open to its source, and as wide
open to the needs lower down. We need all barriers down man-ward as well as Godward – to believe
for the outflowing as definitely as the inflowing.” 3 August 1895

“Faith is to be exercised as much in giving as in anything else. There should be a definite going out of
faith over every gift, of every kind, that the touch of God’s blessing may come with it.” 23 December 1901

“I have been thinking lately what a work for God it is, just loving people. . . . Sometimes all we can do
is to keep them near us, and show the kindness of God to them, and hold them in faith and prayer till
He comes to seek them.” 25 April 1891

“How the angels must watch the first day when that light reaches a new spot on this earth that God so
loves – and the great wall of darkness is pushed back one tiny bit – and oh the joy of being allowed to
go with His message that first day. How can His people hold back from that joy while one corner
remains unvisited by the Dayspring!” March 1895

“Oh, the joy of getting lower and nearer and nearer the people. I think the time will come when we
shall have no fixed plans, but just wander and stay and wander on again as the openings come and go.” 15 January 1895

“For the first time this evening we go out for a turn, after sunset, just along the lane leading out of the
town in the place where you can see the irregular line of palms against the dead blue of the Eastern sky,
the ‘old gold’ of walls and sand still clutching the western sky and the dark brown silhouette of a camel
here and there – oh how I love it!” 16 April 1900

“A bee comforted me very much this morning concerning the desultoriness that troubles me in our
work. There seems so infinitely much to be done, that nothing gets done thoroughly. . . We seem only
to touch souls and leave them. And that was what the bee was doing, figuratively speaking. He was
hovering among some blackberry sprays, just touching the flowers here and there in a very tentative
way, yet all unconsciously, life – life – life – life was left behind at every touch, as the miracle-working
pollengrains were transferred to the place where they could set the unseen spring working. We have
only to see to it that we are surcharged, like the bees, with potential life. It is God, and His eternity that
will do the work. Yet He needs His wandering, desultory bees!” 9 July 1907