Tonight as I lay awake in bed my mind went back to the events two weeks ago when I was in Bristol, England. I found myself retracing my steps. It was such a memorable day! Friends have asked what the most significant event of my trip was. I hesitate to say what it was for fear of disappointing the three men who I spent time with...Nathan Betts, Julian Marsh and Roger Steer...but when the taxi I was riding in approached the orphanage buildings that George Muller had built back in the 1800's and the first one came into view...
It's hard to put into words what I felt in my heart. There were the buildings that I had seen so many pictures of. The magnificent gray structures I had looked forward to visiting for over 50 years. The orphanages that housed and fed thousands of homeless boys and girls. The annals of church history opened before my eyes. I got out of the taxi and stood there - gazing, speechless, grateful to God that I was able to be there.
Yes, it was a dream come true! Perhaps many of you find it hard to understand my fascination with the man, the miracle, the monuments to God's faithfulness. I can't explain it. I can only say that my whole life, ministry and way of doing things over the last half century has been shaped by George Muller, the man who simply trusted God.
It amazed me that so many people in Bristol have no idea who Muller was and what God did through him in the lives of so many orphans.
After leaving Ashley Down, I took the bus to within walking distance of The George Muller Foundation where the Executive Director, Julian Marsh, and his staff showed me such Christian love and hospitality.
That was two weeks ago tonight! I have to pinch myself to remind myself that it even happened. What an incredible trip! What a tonic to my faith! What a testimony to a God who still provides today!
As I retraced my steps I had to come down to my computer and post these ramblings thoughts. After all, isn't that what scribbling pilgrims do.
Thank you, Father, for allowing me to make this journey! What a blessing it was!
NOTE: I'm using this photo of one of the orphanage buildings as my desktop background on my computer as a reminder of my journey! GOD IS GOOD!