Once, I remember, after I was arrested by the great red dragon, I was handcuffed to the banister of the office building of the local police station. At that time, there were many people coming and going. Everyone who passed by watched me, casting me a contemptuous look, and even said some hard words. Then, I felt ashamed for being handcuffed. Looking down at the handcuffs on my wrists, I wanted to cover them with my clothes, but my short-sleeved shirt could not cover them. I felt as if I had been a thief, too embarrassed to lift up my head. At this time, a small boy walked up to me. Looking curiously at me, he asked his mother, “Mum, why is this aunt wearing handcuffs?” “She’s a bad woman,” his mother replied, “so she’s arrested by the police. You must emulate good and never be like this kind of person, you know?” At this word, I felt distressed as if a knife were piercing my heart. I did nothing evil! But to whom could I vindicate myself? And who could understand me? Then I could not restrain my tears and began to utter complaints: Why should I be arrested for my belief in God and despised by everyone? Why is it that so many evildoers in the world live happily without being humiliated? The more I thought about it, the more I felt wronged, and the more I felt distressed.
When I was in pain, God’s words rang in my ears: “God has done the most important part of the work of the entire universe completely on this group of people and has devoted all his painstaking effort and paid all the price for you, and he has taken back all the work of the Spirit from the entire universe and has given it to you. So, you are fortunate ones. … Maybe you all remember such a word: For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. In the past, you all heard this word, but none of you understood its true meaning. Today, you deeply know its real meaning. This word will be accomplished by God in the end time, and it will be accomplished in people in the dwelling place of the great red dragon who are cruelly persecuted by the great red dragon. Because the great red dragon is the persecutor of God and the enemy of God, people in this place all suffer humiliations and persecutions for believing in God. So, this word is accomplished in you people.” I could not help feeling very excited and was filled with strength. Ah, yes! God has done the most important part of the work of the entire universe completely on us. I’m one of the fortunate ones. Why should I feel distressed and embarrassed and be unable to raise my head before the great red dragon? God is holy and lofty and has come to the country of the great red dragon for saving man, but he is ridiculed and slandered by men. I am a corrupt and filthy person and was born in the country of the great red dragon and pursue the truth and the right way of human life, yet I wanted to receive support and commendations from the great red dragon; how could that be possible? Although I am insulted and slandered by the great red dragon, I have tasted the suffering Christ is undergoing. How honorable a thing this is! I ought to raise my head and offer up thanks and praise to God and shame the great red dragon! Then I raised my head with pride. I no longer feared others’ seeing me wearing handcuffs, no longer avoided their eyes, and no longer felt humiliated. At that moment, my heart was stimulated, and I made this resolution before God: Whatever may come upon me tomorrow, even if I’m made paraded through the streets, put into prison, or put to death, I will never again feel it a shameful thing to believe in God. I will uphold the testimony for God before the great red dragon and never be a Judas!
There, I kept thanking God silently in my heart. And I could not but hum hymn 268 in a low voice: “I have received God’s love/So I am most fortunate/I have known the true meaning of suffering/So I cannot disappoint God…”
Zigong City, Sichuan Province