was asked to go to a public house in Nottingham
to see the landlord's wife, who was dying. I found her rejoicing in Christ as
her Savior. I asked her how she found the Lord. 'Reading that,' she replied,
handing me a torn piece of paper. I looked at it and found it was a part of
an American newspaper, containing an extract from one of Spurgeon's sermons,
which extract had been the means of her conversion. 'Where did you find this
paper?' I asked. 'It was wrapped around a parcel sent to me from' Australia.' A
sermon preached in London, cabled or sent to America, and there printed in a
newspaper, which was sent to Australia, part of it being torn off there for
the parcel sent to England, which reached the heart of a woman, that probably
could not easily have been reached in any other way, not many miles from
where the words were originally spoken."
conversion means that sin has found the person out, for if the sins of the
life did not press in on one, there would be no probability of confessing and
forsaking them, so we see by this strange providence, how God wanted to help
this woman to Christ. The path circumnavigated the earth to reach her, but
that message from Spurgeon never lost its power in the trip. How we ought to
thank God for His providences!
THE TELL-TALE By William Edward Shepard, God's Revivalist Press, Ringgold,
Young and Channing Sts. Cincinnati, O.