Meeting God Face To Face
Mable Shaw was one of the first women missionaries sent by the London Missionary Society to Rhodesia. In 1915 as she was about to leave a village of lepers and bicycle home, she was told that a lion was prowling about. As she prepared to leave, the headman, an aged man, victim of leprosy, came from his house.
She wrote of the incident: "He held a spear between the stumps that once was hands, and he went hobbling along the path in front of me. I called to him, and he stopped and looked around.
'Where are you going?' I asked.
'I am going to escort you to Mbereshi village. You can't go alone with lions about,' he replied.
I smiled at him, 'but on my bicycle, I'll be there in a minute.'
The old man would not be persuaded. It was a matter of protection and honor, and he assumed full responsibility for my presence.
I looked at him, a feeble old man, handless, feet half-eaten, his whole body covered with marks of disease, and his face most pitiful. Half-jesting and with a smile, I said, 'Now what could you do if a lion came?'
The old man drew himself up and with quiet dignity said, 'Have I not a life to give?'
I thought of a cross - the cross upon which Jesus gave His life. I followed him to the village, thanked him, and came home, having met God face-to-face."
In the Upper Room with the cross looming on the horizon, Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. JOHN 15:13