Friday, February 13, 2009
I'm Officially a Fan of George Mueller
If you don't believe me, just take a look at my Facebook profile. :>)
A few weeks ago, we finished reading the biography of George Mueller, and my only question is, WHY DIDN'T I READ THIS SOONER?? This is a terrific story of a man who completely lived a life of faith and dependence on God in every area of his life. And it is amazing what God was able to do through this man. If you've never been introduced to George Mueller, I encourage you to read about his life of faith.
The book we read was George Mueller: The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans by Janet and Geoff Benge. It was interesting from beginning to end, as at the beginning of the story you read what a crazy, wild man George was in his younger years. This was almost comical at times. But when he met the Lord, it was a very noticeable thing to everyone around George. His life was never the same, and what an amazing testimony he left behind as a result.
Here are some of my favorite stories from the book:
He and his wife sat down to eat supper, but there was no food in the house. Nothing. They sat at the table with their plates in front of them and thanked God for what he was going to provide. Soon after, there was a knock at the door. Someone had sent them a ham.
One morning at breakfast, there was no food for the orphans - about 300 of them. The children were lined up behind their chairs, and George offered a prayer of thanks for what the Lord was going to give them to eat. No sooner had the children sat down than there was a knock at the door. When George opened the door, there stood the baker with lots of freshly made bread because he was unable to sleep the night before as he kept thinking that the orphanage would need bread that morning. Then there was a second knock at the door. This time the milkman's truck had broken down in front of the orphanage, and he needed to lighten his load before he could fix it and wondered if the orphanage could use some milk.
Time after time, you read how God answered George's prayers. Should we be surprised? Absolutely not. It's just a rare thing to see someone living in such a way. He didn't want any excess in his life. In fact, when he and his wife were newly wed, he came home to a nicely decorated home. His heart sank when he saw it, and he told his wife that it all had to go. He said that the house was cluttered with things that could stop him from answering God's call on his life. Mary, his wife, was of course disappointed at first, but by the next day she had sold all the possessions - many of which had been in her family for generations. This money was then used for their ministry to others. There's no mention of her missing those things afterwards, and I doubt she did.
It sort of reminds me of a Jeremy Camp song, "There Will Be a Day." The first line says "I try to hold on to this world with everything I have, But I feel the weight of what it brings, and the hurt that trys to grab." George Mueller seemed to have experienced the opposite of this. He didn't want to hold on to anything in this world. I think he did realize the weight it would bring and didn't want any part of it.
In describing his death, he was simply tired. He led prayer meeting one night, went and read his Bible before going to bed, and then died peacefully in his sleep around 5 a.m. A peaceful man with no weights and no worries. He was 93 years old. Read his entire story if you get a chance. It was definitely a blessing and encouragement to me.