When I first came to America, thirty-one years ago, I crossed the Atlantic with the captain of a steamer who was one of the most devoted men I have 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. We had a man of God on board, George Muller, of Bristol. I had been on the bridge for twenty-two hours, and 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, if your ship can’t take me, God will find other means to take me. I have never broken an engagement in fifty-seven years.’ ‘I would willingly help you. How can I? I am helpless.’ ‘Let us go down to the chart room and pray.’
“I looked at that man of God, and I thought to myself, what lunatic asylum could the man have come from? I never heard of such a thing. ‘Mr Muller,’ I said ‘do you know how dense the 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.’ He got down on his knees and prayed one of the most simple prayers. I muttered to myself: ‘That would not suit a children’s class where the children are not more than eight or nine years old.’ The burden of his prayer was something like this: ‘O Lord, if it is consistent with Thy will, please remove this fog in five minutes. Thou knowest the engagement Thou didst make for me in Quebec on Saturday. I believe it is Thy will.’
“When he finished I was going to pray, but he put his hand on my shoulder and told me not to pray. ‘First, you do not believe He will; and second, I believe He has, and there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.’ I looked at him, and George Müller said this: ‘Captain, I have known 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, and you will find the fog is gone.’ I got up, and the fog was gone!
“You tell that to some people of a scientific turnoff mind, and they will say: ‘That is not according to natural laws.’ No, it is according to spiritual laws. The God with whom we have to do is omnipotent. Hold on to God’s omnipotence. Ask believingly. On Saturday afternoon, I may add, George Müller was there on time.”
by Charles Inglis