Gladys Aylward must have felt something like Moses leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. The year was 1940 and Gladys was in China, leading 100 orphaned children away from the invading Japanese armies. Eight years earlier Gladys had following God’s calling and moved from London to Yangcheng, China, with one plan in mind: to serve God by serving lost children.
But when the Japanese army came to Yangcheng, no one in the orphanage was safe. Gladys had no choice but to lead the orphans on a treacherous journey over the mountains to reach free China. After one particular sleepless night in the mountains, as the bleakness of this month-long journey overwhelmed her, Gladys was ready to give up hope.
That was when a 13-year-old orphan girl came to sit by her side. The child tried to encourage the missionary by reminding her of the time when Moses and the Israelites had escaped from the land of Egypt.
“But I’m not Moses,” Gladys complained.
“Of course you aren’t,” the orphan replied, “but Jehovah is still God.”
Gladys suddenly realized that, like Moses, she was an imperfect person. But that didn’t matter, because God had chosen her to shepherd his children to safety. And with his guidance and direction, an imperfect person could work miracles.
It took a full month, but with God’s help, Gladys and all 100 children made it safely to freedom.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and ready to throw in the towel? Does the situation seem bigger than you? It’s true – you’re no Moses. But you don’t have to be, because Jehovah is still God.