Note from Eric: God spoke to Randal in 1953 while he was doing the dishes: I want you to preach. Three times God spoke, and three times Randal was brought to his knees, weeping. And over 45 years later he’s still preaching.
IT BROUGHT ME TO MY KNEES
by Randal Wallen
Many people do not believe that God speaks to our inner spirit. I would like to share my testimony of how God dealt with me.
In the year 1953 God dealt with me in a special way. I had given my life to Jesus and promised that I would do and go wherever he wanted me to.
My wife was gone to her mother’s and I was finishing up some of the dirty dishes from our evening meal. While doing this I heard the Holy Ghost speak to my heart. It brought me to my knees. The spirit was saying to me, “I want you to preach.” I went to another room and fell on my knees. I heard the same message, then I moved to the bathroom and fell on my knees. The same message spoke to me. Then I went into a closet, closed the door, and in the darkness I wrestled with God about what he wanted me to do, to preach. I would argue with the Spirit, saying, I was not educated enough, I had a good job, I had a family, I was not capable, and many more excuses.
God kept bearing down, I WANT YOU TO PREACH. Finally, I told God if he would make the way I would preach.
My wife came in and I was crying. I told her to come with me down to my mother’s house. She didn’t know what was going on and I didn’t either.
At my mother’s house I told her what had happened to me, and like most of us, I thought that Mother could solve all things. She didn’t help me at all and told me that this was between me and God. My step father walked in the room.
He said that he had a dream that Raeburn, (my brother) was not going to be the preacher of the family (he was preaching at the time) but he is going to be a teacher. Randal is going to be the preacher. We all stood in amazement as we listened.
His dream became a reality; Raeburn became a professor of Religion at Findlay College, Ohio, and I started preaching.
I for one can testify that experiences still happen and that God can turn our lives around to fulfill his plan for us.