A Trying Ordeal
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
A SURGEON, assisted by his son, who was also a surgeon, was stricken with heart disease while performing an operation. The son had to instantly choose between duty to the unconscious form on the table or to the unconscious form on the floor. He did not hesitate. Picking up the fallen scalpel he completed the operation, and when the patient was safe his father was dead.
The power to instantly reach the right decision under most trying circumstances is not a matter of impulse, but of right training. The judgment must be disciplined and educated as well as the heart.
There come times in the religious world when duty seems to lie in opposite directions, and the most careful judgment is puzzled to know what course to take. At such times the Holy Spirit is very near to the devout heart to give the light and guidance needed.