Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Behold, a Blower Went Forth to Blow

So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth. It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.  Isa 55:11

"We got your balloon a couple days ago in Coweta, Oklahoma," the email said.  The father went on to write, "It was giving our one-year-old entertainment from her bedroom window. it finally came down into the yard, and we saw the card.  Thanks."
That balloon was given to a child here in Keller, Texas, on April 14, 2012.  The Keller church of Christ was reaching out with the gospel that day to families who came to attend the annual "Crawfish Krawl" here.  Wearing our church T-shirts, we met hundreds of people, sharing God's love and message.  We put flyers on all the windshields in our parking lot.  We provided a "bounce house" in which kids could play.  We served cold water and warm invitations.

Inside each balloon was a business-sized card, with our invitation, logo, website, and contact information.  The card even had a code that smart phones could scan in order to reach our church website.

Several balloons got loose from the little hands that held them and wandered off into the sky.  We could only imagine how far each might travel and whose heart it might touch.  We may not hear anything about what happened to most of them.  However, thanks to this father's email, we know where one of them landed after two days in the air.  Just where is Coweta, Oklahoma, anyway?

Coweta, north of Muskogee, is over 270 miles from Keller, Texas.

That precious baby girl watched as that helium-filled balloon descended from heaven.  Because she noticed, her father noticed.  When it landed it still contained the life-changing "seed," the message within.  And he felt compelled to contact us with their story.  We answered his email right away, in hopes of further opportunities to share the gospel.

Keep on going, sowing, and ... blowing.  Or at least sending God's wonderful message to the four winds.  Only He knows where it may land.

Cory Collins

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