“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:11 NKJV
Twenty seven years.
I walked in the wilderness of sin for a huge chunk of my life. Before that, I spent a large part of my youth in church with my mother. When she was there, I was with her. I have many fond memories of those days. There came a time, though, when mom stopped going to church. All too often, those in the body of Christ forget that they have been redeemed from sinful, damaged lives. and judge people they think are less than them. My beloved mother had the storm of mental illness in her life. She eventually tired of the whispers and decided to leave when she had enough. I went with her.
I made my way through this world with little regard for the values that my parents had raised me. In a very real sense, I was living off the interest accumulated by the moral principle of my parents. The values with which I was raised, kept me from falling into the abyss.
Throughout that journey God constantly cast reminders into my life. My mother regularly asked me if I had read my bible, or if I had prayed. She was persistent as she asked me every time she saw me. She was one of God’s boomerangs as her efforts to keep me connected played a huge role in my walking in the faith I have today.
I have learned that His word never comes back void. As I live life in Jesus, I remember all the people He placed in my life to draw me to Him. There was the deaf lady in Iowa City who gave me the Gospel tract forty years ago. I still have that tract today. I am moved by the notion that the first voice she will hear will be the voice of Jesus saying, “well done good and faithful servant.”
There were so may boomerangs.
I am finding that love is one boomerang that is transforming my life from day to day. As God loves me, I love others, as I love others, they love me. I depend on that today. For much of my life, I had a heart of stone. I feared being vulnerable. I did not want to risk being hurt, to suffer greater loss.
God’s love has given me the boldness to reach beyond myself and love others. I cast my own boomerangs, and I am reaping what I sow. I cast without fear, I love with confidence and no fear of rejection. I know that God loves me and will love me until I go to be with Him.
Love is the answer. Even before the beginning of these uncertain times, the world was stressed. We saw little love as people strove against each other. Suddenly God hit the pause button. Love is overshadowing hate and people are finding peace. We are in this together.
Quarantine has given us the opportunity to love like never before. Every morning I see posts in social media as people are reaching out to love and meet the needs of others. They are casting boomerangs.
Believers, we are the Church. We know the boomerang maker. He has given us an endless supply of boomerangs, love and the saving message of the Gospel. Warm those arms up! Cast your boomerangs into this unbelieving world filled with hopeless people in need of surety.
Share the word of God’s grace today. His word will not come back void. Pray for opportunities to cast your boomerang, aim, and throw!
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23 NASB