I mentioned in a previous post that I have been rereading Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor. The intensity with which he followed Jesus, the great yearning of his heart to bring glory to God, is truly amazing to read about. I find myself going back to certain passages and chewing over them again and again, so I thought I’d share them here.
In regards to laborers needed…
“China is not to be won for Christ by self-seeking, ease-loving men and women. Those not prepared for labor, self-denial, and many discouragements will be poor helpers in the work. In short, the men and women we need are those who will put Jesus first, China, souls first and in everything and at all times; life itself must be secondary–nay, even those more precious than life. Of such men, of such women, do not fear to send us too many. Their price is far above rubies.”
A lesson learned…
“The sweetest part, if one may speak of one part being sweeter than another, is the rest which full identification with Christ brings. I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize this; for He, I know, is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest positions He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient…So if God place me in great perplexity, must He not give me much guidance; in positions of great difficulty, much grace; in circumstances of great pressure and trial, much strength? No fear that his resources will be unequal to the emergency! And his resources are mine for He is mine, and is with me and dwells in me. All this springs from the believer’s oneness with Christ. And since Christ has thus dwelt in my heart, how happy I have been!I wish I could tell you instead of writing about it.”
In the months following this letter, Taylor experienced a time of unimaginable sorrow in the deaths of two children and his wife. Of this time, he wrote
” He and He alone knew what my dear wife was to me. He knew how the lightof my eyes and the joy of my heart were in her…But He saw that it was good to take her, and in His love He took her painlessly; and not less good for me who must henceforth toil and suffer alone- yet not alone for God is nearer to me than ever. “
Oh, to love God so much that I might truly trust Him in that way. I admit, my first reaction to this whole series of events was a panicked prayer, “God- please don’t let that happen to me.” They very thought of losing anyone dear to me…it’s hard to even think of. But the confidence that we can have in the goodness of our Father and the wisdom in His plans should allow our hearts to rest even in the possibility of the unspeakable.