Saturday, November 05, 2011

Alone, yet not alone!

"I climbed into the tree and was left there alone in the bush.  The hours I spent there live all before me as if it were but of yesterday.  I heard the frequent discharging of muskets, and the yells of the Savages.  Yet I sat there among the branches, as safe in the arms of Jesus.  Never, in all my sorrows, did my Lord draw nearer to me, and speak more soothingly in my soul, than when the moonlight flickered among these chestnut leaves, and the night air played on my throbbing brow, as I told all my heart to Jesus. Alone, yet not alone!  If it be to glorify my God, I will not grudge to spend many nights alone in such a tree, to feel again my Savior's spiritual presence, to enjoy His consoling fellowship.  If thus thrown back upon your own soul, alone, all alone, in the midnight, in the bush, in the very embrace of death itself, have you a Friend that will not fail you then?"

- John G. Paton, missionary in the South Pacific, having lost his wife and child and surrounded by hostile natives as he hid in a tree

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