Ellen G. White: The Later Elmshaven Years: 1905-1915 (vol. 6)


Chapter 8—On the Evangelistic Trail

Just a little after dawn at Elmshaven one clear, bright Sunday morning in June, Ellen White, after writing for some three hours, left the house to take a short walk in the garden. “As I walked in our garden path,” she wrote, “I felt assured the Lord had heard my prayer.”—Manuscript 124, 1906. She had awakened at 2:30 A.M. after “a good night's rest,” and had dressed and walked down the hall to her writing room. There, presenting her case before the Lord in prayer, she pleaded that He would give her clearness of mind and preserve her eyesight. The almost constant writing, among other things, dealing with the many questions from Battle Creek, had caused painful eyestrain. She had repeated the promise “Ask, and ye shall receive.” 6BIO 104.1

“I believe, I believe Thy promises,” she had told the Lord, and great peace filled her soul. She noted that she was free from the distressed feelings that had pressed upon her. 6BIO 104.2

Now, as she walked along the garden path, admiring the roses and early flowering plants, the words of her morning prayer, “I cast my helpless soul on Thee, and I will trust in Thy promises,” kept running through her mind. At the close of the day she could write in her diary: 6BIO 104.3

I am so thankful that I am relieved of this last month's affliction. I know in whom I have believed. I suffer no pain.... The Lord has heard my prayer and I will praise the Lord. All day Sunday was a day of rejoicing.— Ibid. 6BIO 104.4

On Tuesday Ellen White made a thirty-five-mile trip to Healdsburg to attend an important meeting. A covered carriage, drawn by a span of young gray mares, conveyed the party of four: Ellen G. White; May White and her husband, W. C.; and Dores Robinson. W. C. was pleased to see that his mother withstood well the journey over on Tuesday and back on Wednesday, and was “of excellent courage” (30 WCW, p. 654). 6BIO 104.5

The next morning in her home she joined officers of the California Conference, together with W. C. White, C. C. Crisler, and J. N. Loughborough, in an extended study of conference affairs. With renewed health and strength she dedicated her time for the following month to her heavy correspondence. The Battle Creek issues figured in this. 6BIO 105.1