Over the past several years, I’ve been struck by this theme of echoes. Echoes of what God has been saying repeating themselves, echoes of the effects of my actions, and lately, echoes of my faithfulness to obey.
There’s a group of people that I’ve tried to be purposeful to minister to in my life. Oftentimes, I feel like nothing I say or do is “sticking”. It seems to go in one ear and out the other, and no [outward] change results in their life.
Well, about six months ago, God told me to speak to the group of them and remind them just how much they are loved, and how deadly isolation can be. I encouraged them to step out and love others courageously. (Y’all let me know in the comments if you want a separate post on that, because it’s on my list of ones to write.)
After I spoke, we had a beautiful time of ministering to each other, and those that I doubted had paid attention to anything I’d been saying over the past couple of months, did, in fact, get up and start praying over and speaking life into their peers. I was so proud of them and realized that my ministry had not been in vain. I was reminded of the verse that says,
“It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”
And I was struck by the fact that all those words God put in my mouth to speak to these youth were not going to return void! They were going to produce fruit and accomplish everything God wanted them to accomplish. It took months, it took years, but IT DID PRODUCE FRUIT. And my, what sweet fruit it was! It brought tears to my eyes to see all that I had poured out bring in a harvest.
Everything that God and I had worked through in my own life was coming back around to speak to these dear people. Things I felt alone in, ashamed in, rejected in, unforgiven in, God had redeemed and not only used for my good, but for the good of all those I shared my testimony with. The stones that had built up the walls around my heart were now broken down and paving the road to freedom for others!
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