Friday, September 5, 2008

Read This Book-Part 2

Continuing with where I left off yesterday in The Heavenly Man ...
    Then, suddenly one morning at 4 a.m., after months of begging God to answer my prayers, I received a vision from the Lord while kneeling beside my bed.
     In the vision I was walking up a steep hill, trying to push a heavy cart in front of me.  I was heading towards a village where I intended to beg for food for my family.  I was struggling greatly, because in my vision I was hungry and weakened by constant fasting.  The old cart was about to roll back and fall on me.
     I then saw three men walking down the hill in the opposite direction.  A kind old man, who had a very long beard, was pulling a large cart full of fresh bread.  Two other men were walking on each side of the cart.  When the old man saw me he felt great pity and showed me compassion.  He asked, "Are you hungry?"  I replied, "Yes.  I have nothing to eat.  I'm on my way to get food for my family."
     I wept because my family was extremely poor.  Because of my father's sickness we'd sold everything valuable to buy medicine.  We had little to eat, and for years we'd been forced to beg for food from friends and neighbors.  When the old man asked me if I was hungry I couldn't help but cry.  I'd never felt such genuine love and compassion from anyone before.
     In the vision the old man took a red bag of bread from his trolley and asked his two servants to give it to me.  He said, "You must eat it immediately."
     I opened the wrapping and saw there was a bun of fresh bread inside.  When I put the bun in my mouth, it instantly turned into a Bible!  Immediately, in my vision, I knelt down with my Bible and cried out to the Lord in thanksgiving, "Lord, your name is worthy to be praised!  You didn't despise my prayer.  You allowed me to receive this Bible.  I want to serve you for the rest of my life."
     I woke up and started searching the house for the Bible.  The rest of my family was asleep.  The vision had been so real to me that when I realized it had only been a dream I was deeply anguished and I wept loudly.  My parents rushed to my room to see what had happened.  They thought I had gone crazy because of all my fasting and praying.  I told them about my vision, but, the more I shared, the crazier they thought I was!  Mother said, "The day hasn't dawned yet and no one has come to our house.  The door is firmly locked."
     My father held me tightly.  With tears in his eyes he cried to God, "Dear Lord, have mercy on my son.  Please don't let him lose his mind.  I'm willing to be sick again if it will prevent my son from losing his mind.  Please give my son a Bible!"
     My mother, father and I knelt down and wept together, arm in arm.
     Suddenly I heard a faint knock at the door.  A very gentle voice called my name.  I rushed over and asked through the locked door, "Are you bringing the bread to me?"  The gentle voice replied, "Yes, we have a bread feast to give you."  I immediately recognized the voice as the same one I had heard in the vision.
     I quickly opened the door and there standing before me were the same two servants I had seen in the vision.  One man held a red bag in his hand.  My heart raced as I opened the bag and held in my hands my very own Bible!
     The two men quickly departed into the still darkness.
     I clutched my new Bible to my heart and fell down on my knees outside the door.  I thanked God again and again!  I promised Jesus that from that moment on I would devour his Word like a hungry child.
     Later I found out the names of those two men.  One was Brother Wang and the other Brother Sung.  They came from a village far away.  They told me about an evangelist whom I'd never met.  He had suffered terribly for the Lord during the Cultural Revolution, and had nearly died while being tortured.
     About three months before I received my Bible this evangelist had received a vision from the Lord.  God showed him a young man to whom he was to give his hidden Bible.  In the vision he saw our house and the location of our village.
     Like many Christians at the time, the old man had placed his Bible inside a can and buried it deep in the ground,hoping a day would come when he could dig it up and read it again.  Despite this vision, it took the evangelist a few months before he decided to obey what the Lord had told him to do.  He asked two other Christian men to deliver it to me.  They then walked throughout the night to reach my home.
     From that moment on I prayed to Jesus with faith-filled prayer.  I fully trusted that the words in the Bible were God's words to me.  I always held the Bible.  Even when I slept I laid it on my chest.  I devoured its teachings like a hungry child.
     This was the first gift I ever received from God in prayer.
Brother Yun did devour the Word.  After receiving his Bible, he memorized the gospel of Matthew, a chapter each day.  (I had not remembered this correctly.  In a previous post I wrote that he did this memory work while in prison.)

I am enjoying reading this book for the second time.  It still amazes me how humble, and simple, and full of faith this man is.  And he never fails to give God all the glory.

2 comments:

lea said...

incredible!

Meg in Tally said...

Amazing! God is so faithful!