I found my first copy of Hudson’s Taylor’s Spiritual Secret in my folk’s guest bathroom. They had two bathrooms – the big, pink one and the little green one – books in both. More obscure ones in the little one. Maybe Mom hoped we’d pick one up and read it and our lives would never be the same.
When I finished this little gem, I knelt at the rocker in the front room (no one was home) and cried. I don’t remember why. I do know I wanted to know God like Hudson Taylor knew God. I’m sorry I lost that original copy. I try and read it every three years or so, but I think it’s been more like five. I just got a new one:
Some books are meant to be chewed slowly, page by page. Maybe even paragraph by paragraph. It’s a story, to be sure. One filled with history one shouldn’t miss. But it holds more than both story and history. I see a man so in love with God, so willing to do and be all for the sake of the people of China, so filled with self-denial and commitment and passion.
Life-changing. A humble man who changed the world, for heaven’s sake. Humility is the key to The Hidden Life. No brag, just fact. Fewer distractions, eyes on God.
I’d forgotten I’d first heard this famous phrase from this humble man:
“Learn to move men by God through prayer alone.”
That’s a show-stopper. Time to read through the life of Hudson Taylor. Again. Seems I need the reminding. Besides, we have two Chinese kids living with us. Much easier going than going all the way to China in a slow boat, as they say, and as Taylor did. Ivon and Jeremy take turns reading the “bread” verse every night before dinner. Praying the Word will do it’s work while they struggle through the English vocabulary.
“When I get out to China,” I thought to myself, “I shall have no claim on anyone for anything. My only claim will be on God. How important to learn, before leaving England, to move man, through God, by prayer alone.” – Hudson Taylor
Sounds like one who is in Christ with God alone. #write31days