Answered Prayer #300,055
18th Jul 2019
Wind direction changed
I was most unexpectedly informed that the boiler of our heating apparatus at No. 1 leaked very considerably, so that it was impossible to go through the winter with such a leak. The boiler is entirely surrounded by brickwork; its state, therefore, could not be known without taking down the brickwork. What then was to be done? For the children, especially the younger infants, I felt deeply concerned, that they might not suffer, through want of warmth. The repairing of the boiler was a questionable matter, on account of the greatness of the leak; but nothing could be said of it, till the brick-chamber in which it is enclosed, was, at least in part, removed; but that would, as far as we could judge, take days; and what was to be done in the meantime, to find warm rooms for 300 children? At last I determined on falling entirely into the hands of God, and I decided on having the brick-chamber opened, to see the extent of the damage, and whether the boiler might be repaired. The day was fixed, when the workmen were to come. The fire, of course, had to be let out while the repairs were going on. But now see. After the day was fixed for the repairs a bleak North wind set in. It began to blow before the Wednesday afternoon, when the fire was to be let out. Now came the first really cold weather. What was to be done? The repairs could not be put off. I now asked the Lord for two things, that He would be pleased to change the North wind into a South wind, and that He would give to the workmen 'a mind to work'. Well, the memorable day came. The evening before, the bleak North wind blew still: but, on the Wednesday, the south wind blew: exactly as I had prayed. The weather was so mild that no fire was needed. The brickwork is removed, the leak is found out very soon, the boiler makers begin to repair in good earnest. In the evening, when I was going home, I was informed that the acting principal of the firm, whence the boiler makers came, had arrived to see how the work was going on, and whether he could in any way speed the matter. In speaking to the principal of this, he said in their hearing, 'the men will work late this evening, and come very early again to-morrow.' 'We would rather, Sir,' said the leader, 'work all night.' Then remembered I the second part of my prayer, that God would give the men 'a mind to work.' Thus it was: by the morning the repair was accomplished, the leak was stopped, though with great difficulty, and within about 30 hours the brickwork was up again, and the fire in the boiler; and all the time the South wind blew so mildly, that there was not the least need of a fire.
- George Mullers Narratives, A.E.C. Brooks