A FIRESIDE CHAT

Blog 203

June 28, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

A FIRESIDE CHAT

Only a divine intervention can tell us about the other side of life. Scripture gives only small hints. However, there are surprises along the way that give us pause to consider. I first discovered this story when I was in London some years ago.  It still gives me pause to think.

Then, everyone knew who C. S. Lewis, the famous Oxford Don, was through his writings. J.B Philips is not as well remembered today, but the Anglican Clergyman translated the New Testament into the Philips Translation. This first retranslation of the King James Version was a major success for decades.

Rev. Philips had drifted into poor health and felt he might not be able to continue the modernization of the Old Testament. He left his desk and sat down by the fireplace to consider his dilemma. As he was pondering the problem a familiar voice said, “I want to encourage you. You have important work to do.”

J.B. Philips had not heard his good friend C.S. Lewis enter. He assumed he had been so consumed with his personal issues that he had missed hearing the door open. He and Lewis had been close friends for years.

Dr. Lewis told Philips that he underestimated the impact his translation had all over the world and that the work was more significant than Philips realized and he must continue. The possibilities were enormous.

Philips was startled and realized that he must reconsider. Perhaps, he had allowed his health problems only to obscure his perspective. He assured Lewis he would rethink the matter. He looked back into the fire and then turned to speak. Lewis was gone.

J.B. Philips called for the housekeeper. Where had C.S. Lewis gone? She knew nothing about what he was asking. She did not see him come or go. Philips demanded she call Lewis residence for an explanation. She returned ashen-faced.

“I talked to his housekeeper,” she said. “Mr. Lewis died an hour ago.”

No one would question the integrity of either C.S. Lewis or J.B. Philips. It just happened. What shall we say? Perhaps, the unseen is more real than what we see.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

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