I met my friend “Amy” soon after we arrived here in Asia. We met on the playground, as Cade and her son are similar ages. Amy and I had many conversations over the year, some about the Lord; however, our conversations were often disrupted by our little ones.
After a year of praying for Amy, I gave her a copy of God's Word. I hoped it would be a springboard for more spiritual conversation. When I gave it to her, she said thank you but put it down quickly; she didn't seem very interested. Afterwards I wondered to myself and to the Lord, “Did I waste a Bible?”
Not a week later and to my surprise, she texted me: “Thank you for your book named 'The New Testament.' I am reading it and I love it. But sometimes I don't understand what it means. So maybe we can share it together?” My heart was overjoyed and humbled.
Just recently, over the course of nearly 2 months of weekly study together, Amy confessed Christ as her Lord! Strictly through reading & discussing the Word, she came to know and love Jesus. He came alive to her through the Gospels. Though she once only thought of him with great fear, through His Word she came to know Jesus as a loving, personal, and intimate Shepherd.
God honored His Word and it was not wasted. Isaiah 55:10-11 tells us His Word will not return to Him empty but will accomplish His desires & purposes. I've been reminded by Amy of the power of God's Word to bring dead souls to life, to convict the world of sin and righteousness. Indeed, the Word is alive and active. (Hebrews 4:12) Am I willing to open it each day to meet Him and allow His words to change me? Am I willing to share the Word with others so they can be changed too? Are you? May the Lord draw our hearts close to Him through His Word, just like He did for our new sister Amy.
Stephanie (serving in Asia)