In the Puritan Paperback, The Mystery of Providence, by John Flavel, Michael Boland gives the publishers introduction. Commenting on Flavel’s remarkable influence, he writes of Luke Short, a man deeply impacted by Flavel—some eight decades after Short heard Flavel!
Here’s what Boland writes:
Luke Short was a farmer in New England who attained his hundredth year in exceptional vigor though without having sought peace with God. One day as he sat in his fields reflecting upon his long life, he recalled a sermon he had heard in Dartmouth as a boy before he sailed to America. The horror of dying under the curse of God was impressed upon him as he meditated on the words he had heard so long ago and he was converted to Christ—eighty-five years after hearing John Flavel preach. (John Flavel, The Mystery of Providence, 11)
Speaking of the same convert, Phillip Graham Ryken commentary on Galatians records Short’s gravestone epitaph: “He lies a babe in grace, aged three years, who died according to nature, aged 106” (Galatians, 266).
Brothers and sisters, especially pastors: Let Luke Short’s long life be a reminder of God’s manifold promises—his word does not return void; his arm is not too short to save; seeds sown to the Spirit will produce fruit; and nothing entrusted to him will disappoint us in the end.
Luke Short’s conversion is a remarkable testimony to the power of the word and the way Christ’s Spirit brings salvation to sinners, young and old.
Soli Deo Gloria, dss