“There are some men and some women in whose company we are always at our best. While with them we cannot think mean thoughts or speak ungenerous words…

…Their mere presence is elevation, purification, sanctity. All the best stops in our nature are drawn out by their intercourse, and we find a music in our souls that was never there before.” – Henry Drummond

George Muller’s father was a tax collector. By the age of ten young George was an expert thief, liar and gambler who pilfered government money from his father. While his mother lay dying, George was out playing cards and getting drunk. Nowadays we’d look for a cause. The parents were lax or some such thing.

I sit at church sometimes and wonder about the perfect families seated in the aisles in front of me. Many of the children are schooled at home, taught 10 different musical instruments and sit quietly taking sermon notes. Marriages are intact. The fathers attend services and participate in church planting.

I imagine my family being much more like George Muller’s. Deaths, remarriages, wayward children and absent parents. Misspent youth, deaf ears to truth and heartbreaking regrets.

George described himself as wicked and unrepentant in his young adulthood: “Despite my sinful lifestyle and cold heart,  God had mercy on me. I was as careless as ever. I had no  Bible and had not read any Scripture for years. I seldom went to church; and, out of custom only, I took the Lord’s Supper twice a year. I never heard the gospel preached. Nobody told me that Jesus meant for Christians, by the help of God, to live according to the Holy Scriptures.” George Muller’s Autobiography

Yet the supernatural is obvious to anyone who looks. The miracle of life is a trite phrase to some but worthy of contemplation. How is it not a miracle that we live, talk and watch seasons change?

Hedonism has many pleasures. What convinced a young liar and thief to embrace miracles?

George attended a Bible study at someone’s home that he credited with changing his life (a small miracle?). Something made him pray. Something convinced him that his prayers would be answered. Most people scoff at such faith (myself included), but the truly insane thing is that his prayers were so often answered.

orphansGeorge and his wife decided to open their rented home to 30 orphans and rely solely on contributions that came through prayer. No flyers, marketing campaigns or begging.  One morning George and the children (now 300 of them) prayed for food. The cupboards were bare. A passing milk truck broke down outside the home and a baker felt compelled all through the night to offer free bread and arrived just after morning prayers. This story is well-documented but still my jaundiced heart rebels. How can such a thing be true?

“Every morning after breakfast there was a time of Bible reading and prayer, and every child was given a Bible upon leaving the orphanage, together with a tin trunk containing two changes of clothing. The children were dressed well and educated – Müller even employed an inspector to maintain high standards. In fact, many claimed that nearby factories and mines were unable to obtain enough workers because of his efforts in securing apprenticeships, professional training, and domestic service positions for the children old enough to leave the orphanage.” Wikipedia

After living life as a thief George obsessively documented incoming contributions. As contributions poured in people were amazed by George’s transparent bookkeeping. More contributions poured in. More orphanages were built.

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George was one of those rare individuals who remained dependent from day to day on God’s provision.  Even as I write this I have a hard time imagining such a person really  existed, but he did. In his lifetime he cared for 10,024 orphans and opened 117 schools!

One man and prayer!

What is more miraculous: Answered prayer or the heart ready to pray for 10,000 orphans?

Do you believe in miracles? Have you experienced one you’d like to share?

GEORGE MULLER’S WORK LIVES ON!

 

 

15 Comments Add yours

  1. I have always loved the story of George Müller. Are you familiar with the YouTube site “Mere Christian”? They do lovely docu-dramas of the stories of great Christians, and they have a moving one about Müller. I do love the opening quote, because I do imagine that is what it would be like to be around someone like Müller.

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    1. I will have to check that out. I’m always looking for more uplifting viewing. What about you? Any miracles in life?

      I hope you’re having a great holiday season.

      xx
      A

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    2. hmm i can’t find it on youtube

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      1. Looked at my “liked” list and noted a few deleted videos. I wonder if that channel just didn’t have the rights to posting it. However, I found it elsewhere — here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op9HJXDzTBI&list=PLtRB885NWJXmFGsj-Iz4kXzye0fM6Tt2t

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  2. candidkay says:

    Wow. I’m so happy to now be following you. I chewed on this post–it was meaty, the words sung, gave me something to think about. Thank you:). I’m still mulling your Qs, though . . .

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    1. Come back if you have miracles to share! I’d love to read all about them. Thanks for stopping by, Kay.

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  3. equinoxio21 says:

    “He raised the poor above their station”… had never heard about him. Thank you Adrienne for sharing.
    Take care.

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    1. You too. I like sharing courageous and inspiring people . 🙂

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      1. equinoxio21 says:

        Much obliged. 🙂

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  4. Proof that the worst can be reformed and make a decent life. A very interesting story, Adrienne.
    I like the new look of your blog!

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    1. It’s easier to change a blog than paint the rooms of my house 😉

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  5. How marvellous. My miracle is contained in this post: https://derrickjknight.com/2012/08/07/would-you-believe-it/ (fag, of course, has a different meaning in UK than in US)

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    1. Oh, I love stories like the ones in your post! Readers, go over and see Derrick’s post about supernatural happenings!

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      1. Many thanks, Adrienne

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  6. This was a truly beautiful and inspirational story! I had not heard of him before now.

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