John Bunyan's Vision (1652)

Bunyan's wife often read to him from Christian books and she encouraged him to attend church twice a day yet nothing changed his ‘wicked life.’ One Sunday after hearing a very strong sermon he was troubled but still went out to play on the green a game of ‘tip-cat’ with the lads. In the middle of the game ‘a voice did suddenly dart from heaven into my soul, which said, ‘Wilt thou leave thy sins and go to heaven, or have thy sins and go to hell?’ At this I was put to an exceeding maze; wherefore, leaving my cat upon the ground, I looked up to heaven, and was as if I had, with the eyes of my understanding, seen the Lord Jesus looking down on me.’ From this time John fought within himself and slowly his character began to change.