I have recently started learning Chinese. Our family has been hosting Chinese university students for the past 12 years, and have been friends with Chinese for years before that, but I never felt compelled to learn their language until the last few months.
At first, I didn’t even consider learning Chinese because it just seemed too difficult. I am learning that, yes, the pronunciation is very difficult. I will probably never have excellent pronunciation, but hopefully I will at least get to a place where I am a little understandable!
Also, our family wanted our visiting scholar friends to practice their English while staying with us. So us not knowing any Chinese forced them to use English when communicating with us.
But after years of meeting the students’ wonderful parents, who often come into town for the graduation ceremony, and not being able to converse with them in Chinese beyond Hello, Good-bye and Thank you, I felt God encouraging me that it was time to learn.
It has been a lot of fun. Very challenging, but such a fascinating change from Indo-European languages. My favorite part is trying to figure out what the different parts of the characters mean. For instance, I learned that the character for “good” is made up of the character for “woman” and the character for “infant.” I also learned that the character for “last name” is made up of the characters for “woman” and “life.”
I find it fascinating how God has slipped His truths into all cultures around the world. The fact that the woman character shows up in both the “good” and the “last name” characters makes me think of how God created women to help men have a good life. Of course, both genders are supposed to help each other out equally. But as the story of Genesis explains, God created a man first, and let the man realize that he needed to have someone else in his life to have a good life. So God created a woman.
I realize that there are probably totally different reasons why these characters came to be, but I still think it is cool (yes, I am a child of the 80s!) that God’s truth is shining out from them.
Where have you seen fascinating instances of God’s truth?