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one of my favorite stories.

Discussion in 'Fellowship Time' started by Glad4Mercy, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. #1 Glad4Mercy, Feb 4, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2016
    One of my favorite true stories...

    Hudson Taylor's faith


    In the year 1854 a sailing vessel was becalmed in the vicinity of New Guinea. Seeing the distressed look on the captain's face as he peered intently into the sea, a young Englishman inquired as to the cause of his anxiety. This was the reply: "A four-knot current is carrying us swiftly toward some sunken reefs over there. Our fate seems to be sealed." On the shores of the island, cannibals were rushing about and lighting fires in great glee. Presently the captain spoke again: "We have done everything that can be done." "No," responded the young man, "there is one thing we haven't done. Four of us on board are Christians. Let each of us retire to his cabin and in agreed prayer ask the Lord to give us a breeze immediately." This was agreed upon and done. After a few minutes of earnest intercession, the young man came up on deck confident that the petition had been granted. Finding the first officer, a godless man, in charge, he requested him to let down the corners of the mainsail. "What would be the good of that?" he asked. The young man told him that he and three others had been asking God to send a wind, that it was coming immediately and that there was not a minute to lose, since they were so near the reefs. With a look of contempt, the officer replied with an oath: "Nonsense! You can't pray up a wind." Noticing a few moments later that the topmost sail was beginning to tremble, he said: "That is only a cat's-paw — a mere puff of wind." "Never mind what you think," cried the young man. "Let down the mainsail quickly."

    This he was not slow to do. Hearing the heavy tread of the men on deck, the captain came up from his cabin and saw that the breeze had indeed come. In a few minutes they were sailing away from the dangerous reefs, much to the disappointment of the native cannibals on the beach.

    Writing of this and similar experiences, the young man said: "Thus God encouraged me, ere landing on China's shores, to bring every variety of need to Him in prayer, and to expect that He would honor the name of the Lord Jesus and give the help which each emergency required."
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  2. What an amazing story!
  3. #4 Complete, Apr 17, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2016
    Thank you for this, @Glad4Mercy, @Prayer212 and @in HIS hands,

    I remember reading 'Retrospect' by Hudson Taylor, and it was so inspirational.

    Amy Carmichael, was another author, whose experiences on the mission field were inspirational.

    Yet, these people were chosen for exceptional work in the mission field which required them to be prepared and equipped by the Holy Spirit accordingly. The Holy Spirit equips us too, I know, but to compare our life experiences with theirs, which were enacted on a much larger stage, could lead to introspection and questioning, instead of contentment with what we ourselves have received.

    With love to you,
    In Christ Jesus
  4. Great story! It's exactly how we are to behave in this world. Thanks for sharing.

    @Complete: see Chris, first they prayed and the young man believed (the young man came up on deck confident that the petition had been granted) what he confessed to God and himself, that he went and told the Captain. The young man's reply to the doubting captain, "Never mind what you think". The captain's thoughts wouldn't let him believe so he confessed death. The young man spoke life. And because there was actionable faith, God answered just as He's always promised. It's not what you want, it's what you believe in faith. Life and death are in the tongue, Rom 10:10.

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