The Manifest Presence
of God Part -3
The trip to Germany where I ministered in my sister's Church
was the beginning of a ministry that reached around the world.
The pastor had said, "Just think, God sent a man from
America to answer my prayers."
While this was taking place, the Lord had something further
in mind. One morning, He spoke to me. These words stood within
me exactly as I am saying here. "About the middle of
the afternoon on New Year's day, go by air to Amsterdam."
I responded, "Lord, New Year's day is a holiday and I
would like to spend it with my mother. I have been away for
Again the impression became strong. "Go to Amsterdam
by air on New Year's day in the middle of the afternoon."
Again I said, "Lord, I have never been in Amsterdam and
I would like to spend New Year's Eve with my mother, as this
is special in Germany."
The Lord spoke the same a third time. Then I remembered the
time I had been told by the Lord to get a passport. I said
to myself, "Beuttler are you going to miss God again?"
Then I said "yes" to the Lord.
I went to the airport at Stuttgart and asked about a flight
to Amsterdam on New Year's Day. They told me there were no
flights that day. I went to KLM and they told me it was a
holiday and that absolutely nothing would be flying to Amsterdam
on New Year's Day. Now I was in trouble as I had taught much
on Divine guidance, and I was stumped.
I went outside into a miserable mixture of rain, snow, and
sleet, and stood on the sidewalk. I shut my eyes and spoke
to God, "Father, do you know the airline schedules?"
There was no answer, and I was almost in panic. I thought
how can I ever again teach people about knowing the will of
God if I make a mistake like this?
Then a thought came, "Go to the American Express company
and see what they say." I will never forget the man at
their counter. There was a huge book of airline schedules,
and he went back and forth through it. He asked the second
time where I was going. Again, he went back and forth in the
book. Then he asked which afternoon I wanted to go. Again,
he went back and forth in the book.
He said, "You are fortunate, there is a special non-stop
flight going from Stuttgart to Amsterdam on New Year's Day
at 4:10 in the afternoon." The Spirit so strongly bore
witness within me that I shouted "that is it!" I
purchased my ticket and on New Year's day, I went to Amsterdam.
When I arrived, I had no idea as to what I was to do and
stood there, feeling nothing. So I prayed, "Father this
is the airport in Amsterdam and I am here. Unless you speak,
I will go into the city, check into a hotel, and tomorrow
morning at eight o'clock, I will go to London." I had
an appointment in London on that day. I still heard nothing,
so I went into the city and found a hotel room.
Before I went to bed, I said "Father, I am here in the
hotel. I am going to bed now, and if you do not tell me what
I am to do, then tomorrow morning at eight o'clock I will
go to the airport and fly to London."
In the morning I was up early and prayed, "Father, I
am still in Amsterdam and I am getting ready to go to the
airport." The Lord did not speak. So I went to the airport
and bought a ticket for a British European Airlines flight
I went to my seat on the plane, and at eight o'clock we were
ready to depart. We sat there, and the plane did not move.
About fifteen minutes later an announcement was made, "Will
all passengers please return to the terminal building as a
heavy fog has settling over the airport and it is too dangerous
to take off."
I went into the lounge and suddenly, an enveloping presence
of God came upon me. Oh, what a presence this was. Within
and without, I was in a cloud of God's presence. A spirit
of worship and prayer came upon me, so I found a comfortable
chair in a corner and sat there. There was such an intense
presence that I sat in an attitude of worship and prayer and
lost track of everything.
After some time, I thought I should check and see about the
flight to London. I was amazed that it was now one o'clock
in the afternoon and that I had been sitting there all that
time. I walked over to the window and the fog was still so
heavy that only the barest outline of things could be seen.
They had cancelled all flights and nothing was coming in or
As I stood there, two men were in front of me. One worked
at the airport and the other appeared to be a passenger. The
airport worker said, "We do not understand this fog.
There is no fog anywhere, except at this airport." At
first I thought nothing of it, but later the understanding
I stood there and figured how many dollars I was wasting
per hour while sitting at this airport, doing nothing. Then
the presence lifted and I felt empty, confused, and alone.
I felt that I had somehow failed the Lord. I walked some and
noticed a long table, like a dining room table. No one was
there, so I went to one corner of it and sat down.
The following details are very important. I sat there wondering
where I had made my mistake. Then I looked to my left and
a man, immaculately dressed in a black suit, was walking toward
me. He appeared to be an unusual man as he walked very erect,
yet not stilted. His bearing was regal and he was an unusually
good looking man. I wondered who he could be. I thought he
must be a member of a royal family.
Then he sat down just opposite where I sat. Paying no more
attention to him, I closed my eyes and spoke to God, "Father,
where am I?" I felt I had gone astray and wanted the
Lord to let me know what had happened. For no reason that
I can explain, I then looked at the man opposite me. At that
very moment, he lifted a book from his attache case. He opened
it before me as though he would read it. I saw the title of
the book, which said, "I AM leading you where you do
not wish to go." Then he closed the book and returned
it to his attache case, as though he had changed his mind.
I had my answer from God.
A waiter came and asked us both if we would move as they
needed the table to feed some passengers. I went one way,
and this "man" went out of the building into the
fog, and disappeared. Since this incident, the Lord has twice
born witness to me (once publicly and once privately) that
he was the Angel of the Lord whom God had sent to the airport
to bring me back into His will.
As I continued to walk and look for a seat, I apologized
and asked the Lord to forgive me. Then His presence returned.
All I wanted was to sit in His presence as I had before, but
my chair was taken. I noticed a nice comfortable chair next
to a round table. There was a black man sitting on one side,
and the opposite chair was empty. I quickly sat down before
someone else got it.
As I shut my eyes to let my spirit go up to commune with
God, this man interrupted me. He said, "Sir, tell me
your secret." I opened my eyes and found him leaning
across the table toward me. I said, "What secret?"
He said, "Sir, I have been watching you as you sat in
that chair all morning. What was that light on your face?"
I said, "what light? He responded, "You had a light
on your face and I wondered to myself if you had what I am
seeking." "Sir, if you have what I am seeking, will
you please tell me your secret. I am a business man from East
Africa, and I was brought up in the Mohammedan faith. But,
Mohammed has never given me peace. I need my sins forgiven
and I do not know how. I desire true peace."
He told me that he had tried many different religions, but
had not found what he sought for. Then he said, "I have
given up all religions and every day for many years I have
prayed one prayer, "Oh God, if there is a God, show me
the way to true peace. Sir, do you know the way to true peace
and if you do, will you please tell me your secret?"
During this time, the Lord put within me what I should say.
I shared with him the story of my conversion in New York,
when I had looked for peace. Now, at this airport in Amsterdam,
it was my privilege to lead this man to Jesus Christ, the
Prince of Peace.
The fog had continued to be so thick that nothing moved.
As I finished my testimony, and for the second time used the
Scripture, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou
shalt be saved," an announcement was made, "We will
depart in ten minutes, the fog has lifted." I finished
my testimony and we said good-bye.
The Lord heard this man praying in East Africa and in His
providence brought him to Amsterdam. He also brought me to
Germany and gave me the time I should go to Amsterdam. When
we were both there at the same time, He used a fog to close
the Airport so He could answer this man's prayer. And when
I lost my way, He sent His angel to turn me back into His
presence. Then, He brought us together in that busy airport.
As soon as the testimony was given, God lifted the fog and
the planes were flying again. He went his way, and I went
This is a testimony of an outworking of the personal knowledge
of God that I had received while praying in a motel room.
Again, Satan had tried to destroy it, but it was saved through
the intervention of the Angel of the Lord.
If we will allow ourselves to be led into this area of the
knowledge of God and His manifest presence, we will have experiences
which will confirm the Scripture that Paul wrote to the Corinthians,
"Eye hath not seen, neither hath the ear
heard what God has prepared for them that
love Him" I Cor 2:9.
This is quoted from Isaiah, which reads, "For since
the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived
by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee,
what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him" Isa
If we will give ourselves to God and His purposes, things
we have never seen, heard of, or even imagined, will be waiting
for us in His presence.