«My son do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction» (Proverbs 3:11).
Battle Creek (USA), the legendary place where great episodes of Adventist history took place, is a special place. The house Ellen White built with her husband is there. It’s structure is quite simple. Mrs. White was a human being subject to a sinful nature who also had family conflicts, personal challenges and moments of crisis. I must confess that entering her bedroom was a very meaningful experience for me. The truth is her lifestyle reveals a person who was very far from being similar to a celestial being. Finally, that legendary character from my childhood began to reveal itself before my eyes. How many times would she have entered that very place where I was standing? That did give me goose bumps! Right there, I knelt and asked God to give me the courage he had given that extraordinary woman.
Then I went to her tomb, right there in Battle Creek. Curiously enough, the cemetery is named 1844, even though it has nothing to do with Adventists. I finally found the White family tombs. Heat began to run through my body. Now I was facing her tomb, where I was taken by surprise once again: it’s very simple! Believe me, there’s nothing extraordinary about it. There she is buried next to her husband, James, and her children. The civil authorities from that city have placed a plaque there in recognition of her life and works.
I’ve sometimes thought that the over dimension given to Ellen White as a figure has made certain sectors of Christianity attack her harshly. Even she herself anticipated that at the end of time a Satanic hatred would unleash toward her testimonies—Selected Messages, vol. 1, ch. 3, p. 48. But I believe her writings are extremely valuable to edify the spiritual life of the church at the end of time, and it’s a true pity that there are those who reject them at a crucial time in the history of Christianity.
Some believers misinterpret and wrongly use Ellen White’s writings, possibly because of a lack of good hermeneutics (method of interpretation) or because they don’t understand its intentions correctly. However, her texts have been given to us as an effective practical and spiritual guide. So, our responsibility toward them is to study them with a prayerful spirit, interpret them correctly, understand their application for our time, share them responsibly and put them into practice in our daily lives.
God gave us a good guide for the time of the end. I invite you today to pay heed to her advice.