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Wherever You Are…

01/11/2011

Sometimes, people encounter God in the strangest of places! We normally think of meeting God in a church building or in a meeting. But that’s not always the case.

In the 1950’s there was a great revival of Biblical Christianity in the Scottish islands, a time when people who were left empty and unsatisfied by this world and all its transient benefits and values, were confronted with the saving work Jesus Christ, and, trusting in Him, found in him forgiveness and pardon, abundant life, peace that passes all understanding, and real, everlasting joy. Now one of the men that God used in that revival was a minister called Duncan Campbell, a man who himself had had a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Campbell, in his youth, had a great interest in Scottish Country Dancing and played the bagpipes. One evening he was at a ceilidh when someone asked him to play a tune called “The Green Hills of Tyrone.” As he played the tune, the Lord drew his mind back to his old family home, where his father had conducted family worship, and where they had often sung the hymn, “There is a green hill far away.” He began to think of THAT green hill, where ‘Our dear Lord was crucified, who died to save us all.’ Under conviction of his own sinfulness, Campbell rushed from the dance, and made his way toward his old homestead.

On the way home, the young man saw a light in a church, and looked in through the door. An all-night prayer meeting was taking place, and there at the front of the church was his own father, standing and praying aloud for his wayward son. Campbell’s conviction and spiritual distress deepened when a woman in the meeting read the verse, “God speaketh once, yea twice, but man perceiveth it not.”

Let Duncan Campbell himself tell us what happened next,

“When I went home, I went out to the barn and knelt in the straw prepared for the horses. I still remember the prayer I uttered. I prayed, “Oh, God, I know not how to come and I know not, what to do; but, if you’ll take me as I am, I’m coming now.” And God, in less time than I take to tell it, swept into my life. It was miraculous! Never for one minute, since that hour, have I had any occasion to doubt the work that God did that night.”

So Duncan Campbell came to understand his need of the Saviour during a ceilidh and accepted Jesus as his Lord in an old barn! Wherever you are today, you too can come to Christ as Campbell did, and ask Jesus for mercy and forgiveness, and be sure of an answer, for the Bible says in Romans 10:13 “… whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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