YOUR ROD AND YOUR STAFF THEY COMFORT ME
Back To Huangshan
The cadre in the Huangshan Reform Camp was very surprised to see me back since my records of permanent residency and staple food quota 1 and such had already been sent to Shanghai. He could not figure out what happened and asked, ※So you＊re back! What sentiments have you for Huangshan?§
I replied, ※I＊m determined to locate a knoll (burial site) in Huangshan.§
Looking displeased, he said, ※You want a knoll, but I＊ll have you put into a (water) ditch.§
This cadre did not speak in vain 每 when my prison term expired, he did send me to the heavily flooded Lixin Farm (a Labor Camp). However, God rescued me from the deep water . 2
After registering at the main Camp, I was sent back to the Huangshan women＊s team in Wangjiawu.
Without a well, the whole team of more than 130 people relied on the spring water uphill that was led through bamboo tubes into several large wood barrels inside and outside the kitchen. One day, the flow suddenly weakened, drip-dropping into the wood barrel. Water usage in the kitchen immediately became a problem, and water for washing purpose was certainly out of the question. The cadre was very anxious and immediately sent someone up the hill to locate the bamboo tubes buried under the water pool at the source. A big, fat frog was found and was pulled out from the tube; it had stuck its head there and could not free itself, thus blocking the tube.
This incident has given me much insight: W hen our spiritual tubes are blocked and fail to provide for others, we need to first find out if there is any blockage, like a frog. ※Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting§ (Psalm 139:23, 24).
1. For decades the supply of food for each person in Communist China had been under strict quota distribution system.
2. See Chapter 4: (3) ※Lifted Up from the Flood§.