Have you ever been called by God to do something, and then as you began to respond to that calling, thought: “What am I doing? I don’t have what’s needed. etc. ” I can do that a lot. This morning, as I was reading the biography of Hudson Taylor (see yesterday’s post), I was convicted by this story from his younger days. (One piece of biographical information: Hudson had a strong and clear call from God to be a missionary to China.)
Hudson met Mr. Lobscheid [a missionary to China], who after spending time with him concluded: “Why, you would never do for China,” he exclaimed, drawing attention to Hudson’s fair hair and blue-grey eyes. They call me ‘Red-haired Devil,’ but would run from you in terror! You could never get them to listen at all.”
“And yet,” replied Hudson Taylor quietly, “it is God who has called me, and He knows all about the color of my hair and eyes.”
(It is Not Death to Die, pp. 56-57)
He knows all about us before He calls us.