Many years ago I was with a very special young woman at a major Midwestern airport. We were there to welcome friends traveling from Europe. We arrived early and I suggested we have a leisurely dinner and then walk to the gate.
As we were approaching the concourse we passed a gift shop and my companion noticed a small brass carousel in the window. It was beautiful. It had four stately horses, each with its own well polished hand pole, an attractive etched canopy and as it rotated it played her favorite merry-go-round music. She was completely captivated by the design and fascinated by the craftsmanship. But soon we needed to leave so we hurriedly left the store without asking the clerk for its price.
The next day I drove back to the airport and purchased it as a gift for her encouragement and steadfast loyalty during the early years of my career. She was speechless which makes these unexpected moments overflow with such abundant joy. For all I know it still rests in the same place as before going round, and round and round.
Like the carousal so many people spend their lives wandering in circles with no thought of their precious beginnings and no interest in their final destination. It is though they live in a fog like stupor, going through the daily motions of everyday life content with sameness and routine. There seems little incentive to change and even less reason for them to seek a trusting relationship with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
“People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.”
We as Christians need to evangelize to the unsaved in order for them to find God’s never-ending love and eternal grace. It is the reason I write with such intense passion and purpose. My writings will be given a new definition if just one of these devotionals gives pause for a single individual to seek a lasting and fundamental closeness with their Creator. There is no greater pleasure or satisfying reward than to bring another to Christ and for them to accept by faith, His everlasting friendship and the promise of heavenly salvation.
I believe the Divine Healer spared this thankful sinner in order to share my message by writing these testimonial essays, through public speaking forums and by comforting the lost on a truly personal level. For these blessings I remain forever grateful.