Joseph D. McPherson

THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE. Issue 35. Spring 2017. Volume 35. Posted May, 21, 2017  

The following account from Mr. Wesley's Journal is dated March 17, 1746. It highlights the kind of inconveniences and discomforts Mr. Wesley endured while riding some 250,000 miles on horseback throughout his long life of ministry. More importantly, this incident shares a view of the simple trust Mr. Wesley had in the God who had thrust him out into so great a work.

I took my leave of Newcastle, and set out with Mr. Downes and Mr. Shepherd. But when we came to Smeaton, Mr. Downes was so ill, that he could go no further. When Mr. Shepherd and I left Smeton, my horse was so exceeding lame that I was afraid I must have lain by too. We could not discern what it was that was amiss, and yet he would scarce set his foot to the ground. By riding thus seven miles, I was thoroughly tired, and my head ached more than it had done for some months. (What I here aver is the naked fact; let every man account for it as he sees good.) I then thought, "Cannot God heal either man or beast, by any means, or without any?" Immediately my weariness and headache ceased, and my horse's lameness in the same instant. Nor did he halt any more either that day or the next. A very odd accident this also!

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