"I have now to ask whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world? Whether you can consent to see her departure to a heathen land, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life? Whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death? Can you consent to all this, for the sake of perishing immortal souls; for the sake of Zion and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with a crown of righteousness brightened by the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?"
He was an amazing man, who knew that serving God was more important than protecting his daughter from hardships. He had instilled this desire to serve the Lord in her, and left the decision up to her. This was her reaction in a letter to a friend:
“I feel willing and expect, if nothing in providence prevents, to spend my days in this world in heathen lands. Yes, Lydia, I have about come to the determination to give up all my comforts and enjoyments here, sacrifice my affection to relatives and friends, and go where God, in his providence, shall see fit to place me. My determinations are not hasty, or formed without viewing the dangers, trials, and hardships attendant on a missionary life. . . . Now my mind is settled and composed, and is willing to leave the event with God.”If you'd like to read an encouraging fuller story, I found this synopsis on a Christian blog with some googling just now. I've heard the story before, but I get goosebumps every time. May I have that kind of faith and love for Christ. Makes saying, "God bless your day" to the cashier (out of my comfort zone, hard to actually get out) seem like marshmallow fluff.
Shirt and Tank: JCP
Skirt: Made by me
Boots: Shoe Carnival
Belt: Gift/thrift store
I'm tuckered out. How's your weekend been? What do you think of Ann and her example? Blessings on your week!