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 followed 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 no Moses,” Gladys explained.
“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? Are you convinced that the situation you’re in is bigger than your abilities to overcome it? Then take a cue from the stories of these two faithful workers. As did Moses, and as did Gladys, accept that you’re imperfect and remember that God loves to work through imperfect people.
Charles Cos said, “God calls me to be faithful. The end result is in his hands, not mine.”