Published on June 25th, 2014
With war raging about her and soldiers closing in, the wounded missionary Gladys Aylward set out on the most difficult journey of her life — a 100-mile trek over mountains in China to a safe haven. But it was not her own safety that concerned Gladys; it was the safety and well-being of the 100 orphaned children in her care.
Gladys’ strength and faith were stretched to the limit, but she took all the children to safety. She was able to serve God in many other ways in China, because she was willing to be used by Him wherever He needed her.
Gladys said, “I wasn’t God’s first choice for what I’ve done in China. I don’t know who was. It must have been a man, a well-educated man. I don’t know what happened. Perhaps he died. Perhaps he wasn’t willing. And God looked down and saw Gladys Aylward. And God said, ‘Well, she’s willing.’”
To Think About
Why might someone not be willing to follow the Bible’s teachings and God’s will? Do you think they might not trust God to provide for all their needs if they follow him?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.