I have noticed that there is nothing like troubles to drive people to Christ. Whenever we hear of tragedy of all kinds, almost simultaneously with it we are asked to pray for the family, or city, or country. Well, to whom do we pray and what is it we expect from the Source to whom we pray?
It is curious that as long as life rolls along undisturbed, humanity do not ask any favors of the Source; but there seems to be something about illness, disease, tradegy or great need that compels us to a Source outside ourselves.
I was thinking that maybe this is one of the ways God uses troubles. Perhaps He stirs the earthly nest in which His children are reposing too softly, that we may be compelled to take heavenward flights.
You probably heard about this father whose daughter was "at the point of death" which is, I might add in passing, a point which we all must come. The paths of earth run in very diverse ways, but they all pass at last the "the point of death." It is a point that lies hidden from view; no one knows the day or moment when he will come to his personal "point of death" and yet, we all know somewhere along the sunny years we will encounter that point and sometimes this point is struck in early youth. The father's daughter, a little girl of twelve is "at the point of death." And so this father falls at the feet of Jesus in earnest prayer.
You know beloveds, the strongest fathers break down when their own children are in danger or seriously ill. I have seen men who appeared cold and stern as they carried their load of business cares, or pressed toward the goal of their ambitions. If I were to just observe them as they scurry around striving for sucess, I might come to the conclusion that they are hard, insensitive men of iron hearts and steel souls. But let one of his children be stricken down we get a different picture of the same men. We see these men of iron and steel melt like wax under fire and become himself as a little child. Suddenly, God is back in life's equation.