Carroll’s Countenance
May 14
Both wounded and embittered, B. H. Carroll returned from the Civil War. His side had lost, and he could walk only with the aid of crutches. Being angry with God, he swore to never again set foot in a church. But his mother begged him to attend a Methodist camp meeting for her sake. He attended, though I had not an atom of interest. The meeting closed without any change upon my part. The last sermon had been preached, the benediction pronounced, and the congregation was dispersing. A few ladies remained near the pulpit, engaged in singing. Suddenly there flashed upon my mind, like a light from heaven: “Come unto Me all ye that labor and I will give you rest.” I seemed to see Him standing before me, inviting me come to Him. In a moment I went, once and forever, casting myself at Christ’s feet.
I gave no public expression of the change which had passed over me, but spent the night in the enjoyment of it. I understood the scripture I had so often heard my mother repeat: “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
When I reached home, I said nothing to my mother about the experience, but went at once to my room, lay down on the bed, and covered my face with my hands. I heard her coming. She pulled my hands away from my face and gazed long and steadfastly upon me without a word. A light came over her face, then, with trembling lips, she said, “My son, you have found the Lord.”
B. H. Carroll went on to become a potent preacher of the gospel, and influential in founding Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, today the largest seminary on earth.