Mr. Thomas Wills, several years minister at St. Agnes, Cornwall, and afterwards of Silver Street Chapel, in London, and who died in 1802, once related from the pulpit the following
A young woman was strongly tempted to destroy herself;
and so far did the temptation succeed, that she went to the river to put the dreadful plan into execution. While, however, she was adjusting her clothes, that they might not float, she felt her Bible, and took it out of her pocket to look into it for the last time. The passage, “My grace is sufficient for thee,” 2nd Cor. 12. 9, attracted
her attention, impressed her mind, and induced her to return home, praising God for having delivered her from temptation. The relation of this circumstance, remarkable as it was in itself, was still more so in its results. A man and his wife happened to be present, who were living in a state of constant enmity, and their habitation was a scene of confusion and discord. The wife one evening left her house to go to the river to drown herself, but as it was rather too light for the accomplishment of her purpose, she stepped for a while into the place where Mr. Wills was preaching, and heard him relate the preceding anecdote. She heard with attention, and returned home quite an altered woman. Her husband looked at her with surprise; for her countenance, which before indicated great malevolence, seemed to manifest the meekness of the lamb. He asked her where she had been. She told him; when he further enquired, “Did you see me there?” She replied, “No.” He added, “But I was, and, blessed be God, I found His grace sufficient for me also.” The reality of the change which each of them now felt was evidenced in their future lives, which were such as became the gospel of Christ. May every reader seek the grace which is able to make him happy amidst the trials of life, and to prepare him for the joys of the world to come.
Thy providence is kind and large,
Both man and beast Thy bounty share;
The whole creation is Thy charge,
But saints are Thy peculiar care.
All things on earth, and all in heaven,
On Thy eternal will depend.
And all for greater good were given,
And all shall in Thy glory end.