Charles Inglis’ Testimony
When I first went to America, many years ago, I crossed the Atlantic with the captain of a steamer who was one of the most devoted Christian men I ever knew, and when we were off the banks of Newfoundland, he said to me,, “Mr. Inglis, the last time I crossed here five weeks ago, one of the most extraordinary things happened that has completely revolutionised the whole of my Christian life. Up to that time I was one of your ordinary Christians, but we had on board a great Christian by the name of George Muller of the orphan homes of Bristol. “We were enveloped in dense fog; I had been on that bridge for twenty four hours, and had never left it. I was startled by someone tapping me on the shoulder. It was George Muller. ‘Captain’ he said “I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon’! This was Wednesday. “It is impossible” I said “Very well” he said “ if your ship cannot take me, God will find me some other means, for I have never broken an engagement in fifty seven years”. “ I would willingly help you” I said” but how can I? I am helpless”. Then he said “ let us go down into your chart room and pray.” I looked at him and thought to myself, what lunatic asylum could this man have come from? I had never heard of such a thing. “Mr. Muller” I said “don’t you know how thick this fog is?” “No” he replied” my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God who controls every circumstance of my life”. We went to the chart room. He went down on his knees and prayed one of the most simple prayers. I thought to myself that would suit a class, where the children are not more than eight or nine years of age. The burden of his prayer was something like this – “Oh Lord, if it is consistent with Thy will, please remove this fog in five minutes. You know the engagement you made for me in Quebec for Saturday, I believe it is your will.” When he had finished, I went to pray, but he put his hand upon my shoulder and told me not to. “First” he said “you do not believe God will do it, and second, I believe He has done it. Consequently there is no need whatever for you to pray about it”! I looked at him, but George Muller continued “Captain, I have know my Lord for fifty seven years and there has never been a single day that I have failed to gain an audience with the King. Get up Captain and open the door, you will find the fog has gone”. I got up and opened the door to find the fog gone. On Saturday afternoon George Muller was at his meeting in Quebec.