On Wednesdays we share stories of widows. I love to hear from women who visit this site, and also from those who have gone before us. Today's story is from the past and probably about a lady you've never heard of, but I'll bet that you or your pastor have been blessed by her!
“My Utmost for His Highest” is one of the best known daily devotional books in the world. Although Oswald Chambers’ name is on the cover, it was actually compiled by his wife, Biddy, after his death. She was an incredible stenographer and had verbatim notes from his lectures at the Bible college they founded during the first years of their short marriage right before WWI. From her notes, she compiled the 365 devotionals that have impacted countless believers all over the world since uninterrupted publication in 1935.
Gertrude “Biddy” Hobbs and Oswald Chambers met on an ocean voyage to the United States in 1908. They corresponded after that and were married in 1910. They founded the Bible Training College in Clapham, England in 1911; their only child, Kathleen was born in 1913.
In October of 1915, Oswald Chambers left for Zeitoun, Egypt. This was during WWI and he was commissioned as a YMCA chaplain. Biddy and Kathleen joined him two months later--Biddy and the 2 ½ year old Kathleen traveling from England to Egypt during WWI. I can't imagine myself doing that, can you?! Two years later Oswald Chambers died in Egypt at age 43 from complications of a ruptured appendix. Biddy and Kathleen made their way back to England and continued in written ministry and hospitality the rest of their lives.
A young widow with a 4-year-old daughter, traveling between Egypt and England during WWI, persevering for eighteen years to transcribe and garner devotionals from her husband’s sermons to benefit others . . . WOW!
Did she know the impact her work would make on us almost 100 years later? Maybe the Lord has such a purpose for you too. Tell your own story by clicking on the comment line below. It's good for others to know you're out there and they're not alone.