After the lose of Hudson’s wife he penned these letters to his children, their caregiver Miss Blatchley, and to his Sister Mrs. Walker. It spoke to me about how we should relate to our Heavenly Father as children. Jesus said “Let the little children come unto me.” Can that mean we should also come to Him as a child would. Complete Trust!!
Hudson Taylor Letters to His Children after “The Exchanged Life” experience and him losing his wife.
Among many letters of this period few are more precious or revealing than those he managed to write to the children, over whom his heart yearned with a great love.
You do not know how often Father thinks of his darlings, and how often he looks at your photographs till the tears fill his eyes. Sometimes he almost fears lest he should feel discontented when he thinks how far away you are from him. But then the dear Lord Jesus who never leaves him says, “Don’t be afraid; I will keep your heart satisfied.” . . . And I thank Him, and am so glad that He will live in my heart and keep it right for me.
I wish you, my precious children, knew what it is to give your hearts to Jesus to keep every day. I used to try to keep my own heart right, but it would always be going wrong. So at last I had to give up trying myself, and to accept the Lord’s offer to keep it for me. Don’t you think that is the best way? Perhaps sometimes you think, “I will try not to be selfish or unkind or disobedient.” And yet, though you really try, you do not succeed. But Jesus says: “You should trust that to Me. I would keep that little heart, if you would trust Me with it.” And He would, too.
Once I used to try to think very much and very often about Jesus, but I often forgot Him. Now I trust Jesus to keep my heart remembering Him, and He does so. This is the best way. Ask dear Miss Blatchley to tell you more about this way, and pray God to make it plain to you, and to help you so to trust Jesus.
And to Miss Blatchley he wrote on the same subject, from the comfortless quarters of a coasting steamer:
I have written again to the dear children. I do long for them to learn early . . . the precious truths which have come so late to me concerning oneness with and the indwelling of Christ. These do not seem to me more difficult of apprehension than the truths about redemption. Both need the teaching of the Spirit, nothing more. May God help you to live Christ before these little ones, and to minister Him to them. How wonderfully He has led and taught us! How little I believed the rest and peace of heart I now enjoy were possible down here! It is heaven begun below, is it not? . . . Compared with this union with Christ, heaven or earth are unimportant accidents.
Oh, it is joy to feel Jesus living in you [he wrote to his sister, Mrs. Walker, on the same journey]: to find your heart all taken up by Him; to be reminded of His love by His seeking communion with you at all times, not by your painful attempts to abide in Him. He is our life, our strength, our salvation. He is our “wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” He is our power for service and fruit-bearing, and His bosom is our resting place now and forever.