Francis Collins earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Yale University and then entered medical school. During his training at a North Carolina hospital, a dying woman often talked to him about her faith in Christ. He rejected the existence of God, but he couldn’t ignore the woman’s serenity. One day she asked, “What do you believer?” Caught off guard, Collins’s face turned red as he stammered, “I’m not really sure.” A few days later the woman died.
Curious and uneasy, the young doctor realized that he had rejected God without adequately examining the evidence. He began to read the Bible and the writings of C. S. Lewis. A year later he fell to his knees and gave his life to Jesus Christ. The catalyst? A sincere question from an elderly woman whose physical heart was failing but whose concern for others was strong.
In a prophetic picture of the Messiah, Isaiah 50:4 says, “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.”
May we be ready with a timely word or a caring question to point others toward our Savior who offers life and peace to all. – David McCasland
Lord, let me be a shining light
In all I say and do,
That Your great love displayed in me
May lead someone to You. – Sper
The next person you meet may need to meet Christ.
- August 4, Vol. 14, Our Daily Bread