Peter Cartwright (1785-1872), who had himself been a circuit-riding preacher in America in the wake of John Wesley’s ministry, wrote in his autobiography (The Autobiography of Peter Cartwright, 1856) about what happened when a man felt called of God to preach.
“[I]nstead of hunting up a college or Biblical Institute, [he] hunted up a hardy pony, and some traveling apparatus, and with his library always at hand, namely, a Bible, Hymn book, and Discipline, he started, and with a text that never wore out nor grew stale, he cried, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world’.”
(The Scripture quoted is John 1:29; my source for this Cartwright quote can be found here.)
“Were I a preacher, I would, above all other things, preach the practice of the presence of God. “
I’m quite struck by the similarity of the two ideas (that is, Peter Cartwright’s and Brother Lawrence’s): both remind us that living according to the reality of God’s omnipresence is the simplest, and yet the most seldom achieved, task in the pursuit of life with God.