Lilias Trotter: Reflections of Hope

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in His wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace”

Helen H. Lemmel

At the age of 34, the same age I am as of writing this, Lilias Trotter in 1888 forsook the hopes of a prominent career as a painter and author in England to submerge herself, for the rest of her life, among the people of Algiers, Algeria, North Africa. She was proclaimed by her mentor, John Ruskin, as the next greatest female painter of her generation. Yet fame could not lure her away from God’s call on her life, to choose obscurity in the path of obedience to Him. She put her hope in her eternal sight, like Scripture says, “…seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Col. 3:1b-2). 

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Chelsea Hall

About Chelsea Hall

Chelsea is a pastor’s wife in the rural mountains of northern California. She and her husband, Benji, have been in ministry for over 10 years together starting out as youth pastors in 2009 then her husband transitioned to a lead pastor role in 2016. They have three children - Silas, Selah, and Esther. Chelsea is also a fitness instructor at the Y and a middle school science teacher for their charter school through which she homeschools their older two kids.

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