BRING MY SONS FROM FAR
The following circumstance was narrated by an eye-witness, and forms a touching comment upon the Holy Ghost’s words by the prophet Isaiah, “Bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.” The children of an Officer of Rank in India, were sent to England under the care of a native nurse, or ayah. The relatives with whom the little ones were placed in our so-called Christian land, were worldly; only occupied with the pleasures and pursuits of time and sense. Widely different was the state of the poor despised native. God had met with her in India, drew her from idolatry, and led her as a willing captive to the feet of a precious Christ.
She had heard of England as a Christian land, where Jesus whom she loved was known and worshipped; and, ignorant of the great fact of which the Apostle speaks in Romans 11.5 she imagined that all who inhabited this favoured country were loved of God, and loved Him in return. To the great surprise of the narrator, who knew nothing savingly of the Gospel, the ayah, when she entered the house, began in the following words, “Oh happy England! good England! glad to come here. Jesus Christ see ayah in India, and love ayah; make her love Him, and bring her to England.” She paused for an answer, but there was none; not a soul in the house could understand what the poor woman meant any more than if she was speaking Hindustani. She then stroked down her arms and said, “Good for nothing, hid in the ground and rot; but, clasping her hands and looking up, she said, “Oh happy, happy day, when ayah go home up in the sky, to see dear Jesus, and live with Him for ever! Happy ayah! to live in Jesus’ country, and never leave Him more.” She pausedÂ—there was no answer;
and then, in a tone of mingled inquiry and surprise, she said, “You love JesusÂ—don’t you?” The narrator’s simple remark was, “I felt the tears rush into my eyes when the woman put this question to me, and coming from a poor ignorant black servant, tooÂ—I felt so humbled before her; for I could make her no answer.”