From "The Way" By Dr. Mary McLean


Dr. Hudson Taylor conducted some very blessed meetings in the city of St. Louis. He had been in the city a good many days, and great interest had been manifested for the work in China. While at St. Louis he was the guest of Dr. Brookes.

After his meetings in St. Louis he was booked for a town in Illinois, where he was to give an address at eight o'clock in the evening. In order to reach the town he had to leave St. Louis by an early morning train.

Dr. Brookes was most punctilious about meeting all engagements promptly. He therefore ordered his coachman to have the carriage at the door at quite an early hour.

The hour arrived, but the coachman did not. As there seemed still abundance of time, they awaited his arrival patiently. But at last Dr. Brookes became much concerned, and they started to catch a tram. It was in the days before telephones were much in use. On the way to the tram they met the carriage, entered it, and bade the coachman drive as quickly as possible.

Dr. Brookes watched the time, and was troubled about missing the train. But Mr. Taylor was quite at ease, and said quietly: "My Father runs the trains, and I am on His business."

Upon reaching the station they found that the train had gone, and were told that no other train would leave for the town mentioned before evening. Dr. Brookes expressed great regret and concern; but again Mr. Taylor reminded him that "My Father runs the trains."

Just as they turned from the ticket office, a man with a beaming face cordially greeted Mr. Taylor, saying: "Oh, I was afraid that I had missed you.

I want to tell you how God has used you to bring blessing to me." As he turned away he slipped an envelope into his hands, marked, "For personal use."

Mr. Taylor remarked to Dr. Brookes that his Father had sent him further provision for his personal needs, and stated that he used for himself, even when traveling for the Mission, only such gifts as were marked, "For personal use."

Mr. Taylor then walked leisurely to a man standing among the outgoing trains, and asked if he knew of any way by which he might reach Springfield, Illinois, in time for an eight o'clock engagement the same evening. The man replied that a train would soon be leaving, which passed through a town between St. Louis and Springfield, and that a train from Chicago would pass through the same town en route to Springfield. But he added that the Chicago train was scheduled to pass through the intermediate town an hour before the St. Louis train would be due. Mr. Taylor said with great assurance that the St. Louis train would reach the place first that day.

So he bought his ticket, and boarded the train, bidding Dr. Brookes to be comforted, as his Father certainly did run the trains.

For the first time in one and a half years the Chicago train was one hour late. Mr. Taylor stepped from one train to the other, reached his destination in good time and wired to Dr. Brookes, "My Father runs the trains."

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord" (Psalm 37:23).