“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:9-11
On May 11, 1960, a man and his wife walked into my 5th grade classroom in a small East Texas town and presented each student with a Gideon New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs, much like the ones that are distributed by Gideons and Auxiliary members today. What I remember most about that day, was how kind the man and his wife were to the students. I remember their smiles and the love that was shown toward us as clearly as if it happened a few short days ago. John, Chapter 13, verse 35 says the following: “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” I now know that it was Christ’s love this man and his wife were exhibiting so well.
The picture shown above is the same Testament I received that day. It’s pretty worn out, but I’m so happy that I still have it. In the back of the Testament, I entered handwritten scripture references for the Plan of Salvation as our visitors took time to share these key verses with the students. Today, Testaments and Bibles distributed by Gideon and Auxiliary members have this information already printed on the back cover for the recipients.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have envisioned that many years later, the Lord would lead my husband and me into this worldwide association. I wouldn’t know that in spite of not being able go into school classrooms to share God’s Word, there would be many opportunities, in various other ways, to do my part in making a difference for the Kingdom of God.
Needless to say, the work of the Gideons and their wives holds a special place in my heart. I am thankful to be associated with so many wonderful people who love the Lord, others, and each other.
Today, I am so thankful to still have that worn out New Testament, with Psalms and Proverbs. How special that someone cared enough to share God’s Word with me—a little country girl, who a year later, gave her heart to Jesus Christ for all eternity.
Friends, we should never underestimate the power of God’s Word when the Holy Spirit is leading us to share our faith with others. One Bible and one visit to a classroom continues to make a difference in a little girls heart many years later. I am living proof and will gladly testify to the truth found in Isaiah 55:11— that His Word will not return void.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for The Gideons International–an association of Christian business and professional men, and their wives, located in 197 countries around the world with one singular purpose of winning men, women, boys and girls to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Thank you for using a Gideon and Auxiliary member to make a difference in my life many years ago. Help me to listen for the still small voice of the Holy Spirit as I strive to live for You in complete obedience. Thank you for the many opportunities of sharing Your Word. Go with me as I tell others what a difference Jesus Christ has made in my life. Help me to radiate His love and hope to those I encounter through divine appointments. Transform me by Your love so that I might pass it on to others in Your name. To You be all glory, honor and praise. In Jesus name, I pray this prayer. Amen.