“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It does not return to me empty. Instead, it does what I want, and accomplishes what I intend.”—Isaiah 55:11
One summer, some years ago, I was on vacation from work and took the opportunity to organize and clean my house. When I was sorting books on the shelves of my library, I found many copies of The Upper Room devotional guide. I was having trouble deciding whether or not to throw them away, but then I remembered that a clergy friend of mine used to leave devotional guides in buses, doctors’ offices, and even jails. Ultimately, she left them in many different places where many people could access them.
I decided to leave a few copies on the sidewalk, on a little column in front of my house. At first, I just left a few, but when I saw they were all gone in less than an hour, I put more outside. I only left between five or six copies at a time, because I loved checking on them to find there weren’t any left. What great joy and satisfaction it brought me to know that people—who potentially don´t know Christ, come from different walks of life, and who could be dealing with difficult situations—had the opportunity to meet with the Lord! Maybe someone read God’s word for the first time, maybe others became reconciled with God after having been distant and maybe others were able to strengthen their faith. There was one thing I knew for certain: our Good Father knows each person that will read a piece of the Bible, that God blesses each one, and that God knows every one of them by name. They might be anonymous people to me, but they are beloved children to God.
Another thing that moves me is the way a testimony that somebody wrote in some part of the world can end up in the hands of a person thousands of miles away, perhaps long after that, it can be recounted. It is immensely generous to share one’s testimony, knowing it will be shared with many different people, sometimes in seemingly small ways, but the overall meaning of each devotional has the possibility to change a life.
Gabriela Amaya is a primary school teacher in Rosario, Provincia de Santa Fe, Argentina. She is the director of a primary school. She is a member of the Methodist Church, and between 2003-2013, she was the National Secretary of Christian Education of the National Church in Argentina.