Good Monday Morning . . .
Gladys Aylward was an incredible woman. Born in London in 1902, to a working-class family, she was forced to enter the workforce at an early age. Her ambition in life was to be a missionary, but she was turned down by the agency she applied to because of an “inadequate academic background.” Instead of giving up on her dream, she spent her entire life savings to move to Yangcheng, China to live among Chinese people.
Gladys was loved and respected by the people of Yangcheng. She started adopting war orphans and at one point had over 100 children in her care. In 1938, Gladys was forced to flee when the Japanese invaded Yangcheng, but she could not bear to leave her work behind. With only one assistant, she led 94 orphans over the mountains to safety. At one point during the escape, Gladys was visibly tired and discouraged. A 13-year old girl reminded Aunt Gladys of the story of Moses crossing the Red Sea. Gladys snapped back in weary desperation, “But I’m not Moses,” to which the girl replied, “Of course you’re not, but Jehovah is still God.”
Most of us will never find ourselves leading a group of orphans across the mountains of China to find safety and shelter. Yet there are times, when we get weary and discouraged on life’s journey; there are times that we can feel enemy forces pursuing us; and there are times when we feel like screaming, “I’m not Moses.” It’s in those times that you need to remember, “Jehovah is still God.”
Remember . . .
When your strength is gone . . . He is still God.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
When you have no peace . . . He is still God.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
When you feel totally lost . . . He is still God.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
When you feel vulnerable . . . He is still God.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
When you feel hopeless . . . He is still God.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Because He is still God, you can . . .
Make a great day!
Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.