It is a struggle to not share all the miraculous accounts Yun tells us about in chapter two. After all, we are often drawn to the spectacular. Yet as with any miracle, the issue is not the miracle itself but what it communicates and how we should therefore respond.
In a land of plenty it is easy for us to take the Bible for granted. Many homes have more than one, quite often churches have some ready for guests, and bookstores have rows of them on their shelves. Yet when Yun came to know Jesus (itself involving a miracle) at the age of 16 back in 1974, Bibles were scarce. In fact, Yun wanted to know more about Jesus so he asked his mother if any of His teachings remained. She replied, “No. All his words are gone. There is nothing left of His teaching.” (p26). What she meant was due to oppression no one had Bibles anymore (or at least if they had them, they were hidden).
For all intensive purposes Bibles were non-existent in China. In fact, of those in Yun’s village, only a few old believers could recall even seeing a Bible many years in the past. A former pastor in a relatively nearby village was rumored to have one, but out of fear he would not let the young and eager Yun (still known as Zhenying) see a page of it.
So, how did Yun get a Bible? Well, it was miraculous, but that account will have to wait for the next time.
Yet between now and the next time I encourage you to spend some time reading in this amazing book we call the Bible. Sadly, we live in a culture that is too easily pacified and amused. We are often like little children running toward the empty desserts and other unhealthy things of a smorgasbord…leaving ourselves malnourished for the task of winning the world for our King – Jesus.
Let’s face it; we need food to survive physically. Can we say the same about the Word of God in our existence as His children?
Oh God, give us – give me – a hunger for Your Word. May we long to devour it like a hungry child devours food.