A long time ago, at one of our all-night prayer meetings in India, an elderly lady started praying. Her words were such that I had to look up and see who it was.
I imagine the woman must have been 85 or 90. As she was praying, tears flowed from her eyes, and her face almost had a glow. She prayed something like this:
“Lord, I’ve been waiting for You all these years. How long must I wait before I can see You?”
It was so charged with emotion that I was gripped. When the prayer meeting was over, I asked someone, “Who was that lady?”
I found out that when she was a young woman, she chose to follow Christ and serve Him, and her family threw her out of their home. They were well-to-do, and she had to walk away with just the clothes on her back. I wonder how many thousands of times she must have privately prayed that prayer.
I found myself thinking, When was the last time I prayed with such desire for the Lord?
What about you? When was the last time you cried out, “Lord, how long must I wait before I can see You?”
Like this elderly lady, we can live today remembering this is not our home. We don’t have to wait 70 years to discover this truth. Look at your life right now realizing that your journey here is short. Let’s remember that even suffering—like the loneliness that woman must have experienced—is one of the greatest mysteries of God’s plan to prepare us for eternity.
Thank you for looking beyond your own life in order to see eternity. I know that your commitment to pray and give may not be easy, but by choosing to help thousands of unreached people in Asia hear the Good News, you are sowing seeds that will reap lasting fruit. May your joy be full as you remember that one day we will stand before the Lord with innumerable multitudes—including brothers and sisters in Asia like Ramila, Malini and Nabanipa, who now know Jesus because you helped reach them.