“There was a day when I died; died to self, my opinions, preferences, tastes and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to blame even of my brethren or friends; and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God.” George Muller
I might have shared this quote by one of my hero’s before, but it seemed fitting today for it simplifies freedom. Imagine what Muller’s life was like when he was not easily offended, chose not to point a finger in blame and lived fully committed to Christ. In living free, he was able to actually see who needed help because of where his eyes were focused. He actually came along side orphans and provide homes for them and built 117 schools. Incredible!
Another secret to this mans life was prayer and he expected each prayer answered. Makes sense when a heart is completely surrendered to the One who made it. Why would his prayers not be answered? A wonderful example happened on a ship when they had encountered fog that would delay their arrival. Muller prayed about the fog and then said, “Captain, I have known my Lord for more than fifty years and there is not one instance that I have failed to have an audience with the King. Get up, Captain, for you will find that the fog has gone.” And it was and the captain became a Christian very soon. How incredible that God used an obstacle of fog and the prayer of a faithful man to draw another person to Himself.
So today as fireworks light the sky, may we consider true freedom. Who knows who or what God will use to draw others to Himself. It is quite possible He might use you if your life dances free in the wind like our American flag. For you can be a symbol of freedom for many.
*Picture from 2014. My how they have grown!