The Relation Of Divine Providence To Physical Laws -- By: Anonymous
BSac 12:45 (Jan 1855) p. 179
The Relation Of Divine Providence To Physical Laws
“A few years ago, a rudely formed boat pushed out from one of the wharfs of Calcutta, and, after some days’ sail on the broad bosom of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, entered the waters of the Brahmaputra. It was bound for Sadaiya, one of the principal towns of Assam, far up the river, near the foot of the Himmalah mountains. In it were two missionaries of the cross, who counted not their lives dear unto themselves, that they might win souls to Christ. They had come from a far distant country, and were bearing the light and knowledge and blessings of the Gospel to that still remote and benighted land. For many weeks their voyage was prosperous, and their hearts beat high with hope and Christian zeal. At length, when they had well-nigh accomplished it, when they were already near the scene of their expected labors, one of these devoted servants of Christ was stricken down by sore illness. The other hastened forward in a smaller boat to procure, if possible, medical assistance. Urged on by every motive which humanity, friendship, and piety could offer, he was within sight of the mission premises at the town whither they were going, when suddenly two trees, whose connection with the adjacent bank the winds and the stream had loosened, falling upon the boat and crushing it to pieces, he sank beneath the waters, and that heart, so true to all its obligations, was stilled forever. To the friends of the missionary arid of the mission the event was a dark and mysterious providence. To the devotees of Budh, it was a manifest interposition of their deity, in protection of the faith which the infidel stranger had come to subvert and destroy.
“On the 16th of August, 1688, there lay in the harbor of Helvoetsluys more than six hundred vessels — transports and ships of war — waiting for an easterly wind to bear them to the neighboring coast of England. One of these vessels bore a flag on whose ample folds was embroidered the motto,’’ I will maintain the liberties of England and the Protestant religion.’ In it was William, Prince of Orange. On the evening of the 19th the entire armament weighed anchor and spread its sails to a favoring breeze. Before, however, half the distance between the two coasts had been traversed, a violent storm arose, which broke up and scattered the fleet.
“When tidings of the disaster reached the ears of King James, whose religion and crown the expedition threatened, be recognized in it a Divine interposition, in answer to the prayers of his Catholic subjects. What wonder,’ he said devoutly, ‘since the Host has been exposed for several days.’ To many of the Protestants, who were looking to William and his noble armament for the protection of their liberties and their faith, its dispersion by the tempest, when ap...
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