The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Atlanta made a deep impression on student Mabel Willey. Its missionary ardor permeated her, but …I became aware of a lack in myself. Deep in my heart, I knew what God wanted me to do. But I also knew that in my life there was no power. I did not have the freedom to witness as I wished. One Sunday I attended a service with a visiting evangelist. â€œIs there anyone in this audience who feels your life is empty? You want to do, but there isnâ€™t the power, the strength of the Holy Spirit?â€ As the choir sang, I slipped quietly to the altar. â€œLord, here I am. I can offer nothing but myself. Thatâ€™s all I have, but I want this power to serve you.â€
Mabel enrolled in Toccoa Falls Bible Institute for missionary training, but with many lessons still to learn.
â€œPoor me! I always have to do everything,â€ I complained to the Lord one morning. I was president of the graduating class. As a parting gift, the class voted to dedicate a gate for one of the entrances to the Institute. I was responsible for many details, but in spite of my hard work, no one else seemed interested. All the students were busy with their own concerns.
That morning I got up early and went to the falls. Selecting a rock as a seat, I contemplated those falls, higher than Niagara, and complained to the Lord. â€œNo one will help me, Lord. Please give me a verse just for me right now.â€ I opened my Bible expecting to find a gracious verse, full of love and sustenance for His poor, discouraged servant. Instead these words stood out in bold letters: â€œAfter you have done all, say I am an unworthy servant.â€
I walked back to the door with a changed attitude. As a result things began to fall into place and the project moved forward to completion.
It was a lesson Mabel recalled many times as a missionary to Cuba.*
*Adapted from Beyond the Gate: The Autobiography of Mabel Bailey Willey (Nashville, TN: Randall House Publications, 1998).
Taken from the book: From This Verse by Robert J. Morgan (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc. 1998.