Flocking to Embleton


This year, I passed by Embleton in Cumbria. There was little there worth stopping for, but I was minded of an occasion on which George Fox visited in 1653, who had "a great meeting, to which above a thousand persons flocked as to a horse-fair ... [and] largely declared the word of life to them for nearly three hours, and hundreds were convinced"*.

God often moves in the least significant places. The Lord Jesus was born in Bethlehem, not Jerusalem; He lived mainly in Nazareth, not Judea; He chose humble fisherfolk to bear His message and He often saved the basest and humblest of people. Even today, He sustains a faithful chapel on remote Newby Hill, while many better places have boarded-up or faithless churches. Furthermore, He drew me to Himself; I, an insignificant fellow, who shall die as obscurely as I was born. 

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (NKJV)

* William Braithwaite, The Beginnings of Quakerism, 1912.