Footprints of Providence


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A woman selling religious books from door to door feels a strong impression to pray for protection. A few minutes later a large and ferocious dog attacks her. But the dog rears up several feet from her, apparently fighting some invisible, restraining hand. Deep depressions clearly show in the fur of his neck where someone, or something, holds him back.

Do you believe her account of the experience? Does God really perform miracles today? Is He the same as He was in the days of Elisha or the apostles?

I have long been convinced that He works just as remarkably today as in Bible times. But the person who experiences a miracle in his own life tells his friends and neighbors (if he dares tell anyone at all), and then people soon forget the occurrence.

Why does God perform miracles at all? He operates constantly through His natural laws to accomplish His will. But sometimes He allows matters to come to a crisis, then intervenes in so spectacular a way that no one can reasonably doubt that it is His doing.

It seems to me that God can always achieve His purposes without miracles if He so desires. Therefore, when He does work a miracle, it's so we will see vividly, clearly, His love and power. He wants to increase our faith.

So shouldn't we glorify Him by recounting the marvelous things He does and by keeping them in remembrance? "Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!" (Psalm 107:8).

As far as I have been able to ascertain, the stories in this book are all true. From Hattie, the English heiress, and Dobry, the Polish peasant, to Bernard Gilpin, the beloved Apostle to the North, they were real people. Only a few of the names have been changed.

But these stories happened many years ago. Does God perform miracles in the twentieth century? I know He does. I am collecting modern accounts of such experiences today. Someday I hope to write another book. In the meanwhile, these stories of God's love and power are far too beautiful to be forgotten.

J. McR.