Sawdust was placed on the floor, and planks were nailed to wooden barrels for use as pews. Two empty crates were nailed on top of each other to act as SEYMOUR’S Pulpit. ~ AZUSA STREET REVIVAL.
“Brother Seymour generally sat behind two empty shoe boxes, one on top of the other. He usually kept his head inside the top one during the meeting, in prayer. There was no pride there. The services ran almost continuously.
Seeking souls could be found under the power almost any hour, night and day. The place was never closed nor empty. The people came to meet God.
He was always there. Hence a continuous meeting. The meeting did not depend on the human leader. God’s presence became more and more wonderful.
In that old building, with its low rafters and bare floors, God took strong men and women to pieces, and put them together again, for His glory.
It was a tremendous overhauling process: Pride and self-assertion, self importance and self-esteem, could not survive there. The religious ego preached its own funeral sermon quickly.
No subjects or sermons were announced ahead of time, and no special speakers for such an hour. No one knew what might be coming, what God would do. All was spontaneous, ordered of the Spirit.
Just as Frank BartleMan who witnessed the Revival Said;
“We wanted to hear from God, through whoever He might speak. We had no “respect of persons.” The rich and educated were the same as the poor and ignorant, and found a much harder death to die. We only recognized God: All were equal. No flesh might glory in His presence.”
He could not use the self-opinionated. Those were Holy Ghost meetings, led of the Lord. It had to start in poor surroundings, to keep out the selfish, human element. All came down in humility together, at His feet.
They all looked alike, and had all things in common in that sense at least.”