His faith in the power of prayer was greatly strengthened, but in the
course of two weeks his money was spent and still his employer had not
remembered to pay him his salary. He devoted much time to wrestling with God
in prayer. On Saturday night his landlady would be expecting a payment. About
afternoon Dr. Hardey came up to him and said, "By the way, Taylor, is not your salary due again?" Informed that
it was due and past due, the doctor expressed regret that he had not thought
of it earlier, "For," he said, "only this afternoon I sent all
the money I had to the bank. Otherwise I would pay you at once."
Deeply disappointed, though careful not to let his employer know it, Taylor went to a quiet place and poured out his heart to
the Lord. About that evening Dr. Hardey appeared, laughing heartily. "A strange
thing happened just now," he stated. "One of my wealthiest patients
felt constrained to come to my house at at night to pay his bill, instead of sending a check as per his
custom. Very strange!" Having credited the payment in the ledger, the
doctor was about to leave, when suddenly he handed young Taylor several of the banknotes and said: "By the
way, you might as well take these notes as payment on your salary."
"Again I was left," concludes Taylor's account of this incident, "my feelings
undiscovered, to go back to my little closet and praise the Lord with a
joyful heart that after all I might go to China."
Heroes of Faith on Pioneer Trails by E. Myers Harrison. Published by Moody