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An Unexpected Conversion

O soul! what preparations, what thought, what clear intent,
Dwelt in you on that morning, when heaven’s call was sent?
That unexpected moment my foolish heart was drawn,
By unexpected measures, my very life reborn.

‘Twas God’s decree in action, His pure and holy plan,
All unbeknown, drew near me, His grace towards me ran;
All things worked to their purpose, wheels within wheels went round;
Saul sought his father’s asses, but ended being crowned.

Zaccheus little pondered, when climbing up the tree,
That God’s gift of salvation his house that day would see,
And so with Paul and Peter, with Magdalen and more,
I also, without seeking, found life for evermore.

William Williams of Pantycelyn, known as the author of the hymn: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” and many others, reflects on his unexpected conversion by God’s free, pure, and sovereign grace, when one day he heard Howell Harris preach.

quoted from The Calvinistic Methodist Fathers of Wales, Jones & Morgan, p. 213.

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The Light of the Gospel Shines Where the Darkness is Clearly Felt

HowellHarrisThe predominant effect that [Howell] Harris’s preaching produced was terror. As he mentioned himself, his main theme was the misery of those without Christ and the pronouncement of doom upon idlers and frequenters of the games and revels. As a result, these traditional pastimes that had reigned for centuries were overthrown, nor have they yet been able to raise their heads again. The influence produced by Harris’s preaching was experienced by a fifteen-year-old youth, the son of a man called Sion Griffith. He came quite thoughtlessly to the meeting only because he was curious. But an arrow entered his heart and for all his efforts he could not shake free of it. His turmoil increased. The agony of his heart bordered on insanity, until at last he determined to put an end to himself by throwing himself into the sea, in that to continue to live would only multiply his sins and increase his punishment. But while walking towards the cliffs, the words, “Son, be of good cheer, Thy sins are forgiven thee,” came forcibly into his mind. Such was the light that shone upon him that he fell to the ground. Having recovered, he sought to convince himself that the word was not for him, but the attempt was in vain, and before rising to his feet he had committed himself to the Saviour’s care. Everything that he saw around him seemed to be clothed with a new light. No doubt he was typical of many others.

Jones & Morgan, The Calvinistic Methodist Fathers of Wales, vol I, p. 169

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