“They That Seek Me Early Shall Find Me”
On Dartmoor there stood a lonely farmhouse where a godly farmer lived. The whole family always went to the service on Sunday morning. One Sunday, there was a little girl who was 13 and who at the time was recovering from a cold, and as the morning was windy, her mother decided that she should stay at home.
She was all alone in this big, lonely farmhouse. Some time after her parents and brothers and sisters had driven off, two men came to the door and asked if the farmer was in. Nellie told them he was out but they could come in and wait as she thought her father would be back in half an hour. They accepted the invitation. She gave them chairs by the fire and asked if they would like a cup of tea. One of the men asked Nellie, “aren’t you afraid of being here all by yourself?” “O, no” answered Nellie, “for the bible says ‘the angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him and delivers them.’ I have just been singing, “The hosts of God encamp around the dwellings of the just. Delivering them who make the LORD of Hosts their trust.” My father believes in God and serves Him, and I desire to do so too, and I know the angels will take care of me.”
The men seemed uncomfortable and then got up, saying they could not wait any longer. So they went off.
Some months later the farmer was asked to visit a dying man as he had something to say to him. He told the farmer that he was one of the men that came to the farm that Sunday morning intending to rob the house, but the little girl’s trust in God and her complete fearlessness had such an effect on them that they felt powerless to touch anything.