A quote from Hudson Taylor is on my twitter profile page.
It is oft repeated in our house and the children know it as well as they know that ‘Hope is the thing with feathers …’ or that Thought followed a dust cart and thought it was a wedding.
A random-er once tweeted me that I had quoted Hudson Taylor incorrectly. After extensive research I found that I probably had, but I have never changed the quote because, even if I gave the stages in the wrong order, I still stand my the fact that in my own experience, “First it’s difficult, then it’s impossible and then it done” (rather than “First it’s impossible, then it’s difficult and then it’s done”).
By this I must explain, that in my own experience, I have found that a thing can cause a problem in a hum-drum everyday kind of difficult way until at some point in time it becomes an in-your-face problem, an insurmountable difficulty, a bottom line impossibility. By this time it has grown so huge it appears impossible to conquer, and you struggle and strive and fight and groan and if you are a praying person you usually wind up telling God that you have had it: end of.
Then BOOM, its over: DONE!
This is why I stick with my own version of the quote,
“First it’s difficult, then it’s impossible, then it’s done”
And I have begun to feel quietly encouraged when an impossibility comes my way, that this is the eve of something good, because I have a God who specialises in showing His power and His love in impossible situations.
So, at the moment I contend with a number of impossibilities, but impossibilities beware. If you have impossibilities in your own life, bring them to God and know this: the moment when your impossibilities seem really impossible is the moment when they will probably be DONE.
“Jesus I am resting” was Hudson Taylor’s favourite hymn. Andy recently found this version with all the verses.
James Hudson Taylor was a Victorian missionary to China. He was rejected by the missionary societies of his day because he had neither Church of England ordination or a medical degree and so he went to China without any visible means of support, being utterly confident that this was what God had asked him to do. He worked amongst the Chinese people, in a manner that was especially sensitive to the culture of the people and received much criticism for adopting the dress and customs of the Chinese people he worked with. Yet many came to know the love of God and joined with him in planting churches. It is estimated that he was instrumental in seeing 18, 000 people come to Christ.
He was the founder of the Chinese Inland Mission (now OMF International) and is thought to have influenced 800 Christian volunteers to work in China. I recommend his story to anyone (Dr and Mrs Howard Taylor, Biography of James Hudson Taylor, Hodder and Stoughton, 1973) and have myself been humbled and changed by the deep trust this man had in Jesus.