I returned home from China yesterday. This is our third trip there in a year. In terms of the Kingdom, there is a lot going on in China and it is great to see it first hand and find ways to make our own contribution to the Great Work.
One memorable moment was when we met a young Christian sister who is 30 years old. Nine years ago, when she was only 21, she walked by a cemetery and heard a baby crying. She found a baby girl who had been thrown away to die by exposure. This young sister took the baby home. Given the One Child policy, the officials allowed her to raise the child, but she had to sign a paper saying she would never have a child of her own.
Besides giving up this privilege, she also gave up her prospects for marriage. Single mothers in that culture are considered prostitutes. To save a life, she sacrificed much of her own. When we met them, it was clear however that God had rewarded them both with love and joy. The nine year old was a typical happy fun-loving nine year old girl. And we learned that her mother had just gotten engaged to a Christian brother.
Don’t know all that it means when Ps 37:4 says, ”Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” But this is the verse I thought of when I met this sister and her daughter. God loves life and God rewards those who hold each life precious. This sister laid down her own desires to do what she knew delighted God. And God, in his own good timing gave back to her the desires of her heart. Sweet.