In this issue of Harvest you read a story about the nominal Christian villager named Saju, who committed his life back to God after watching the film on the life of Christ. Because of the reminder of God’s deep love, he knew he could run back to the arms of His Father—they were open wide.
Do you remember that old hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”? This hymn was penned by a Methodist pastor named Robert Robinson in the 18th century. In his later years, Robinson wandered from the faith to pursue the pleasures of this world.
But one day, while he was travelling, a woman who sat next to him turned to the man she had never met and said, “I am reading something wonderful. What do you think about it?” And she read:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love.
Upon remembering the song, Robinson broke down. With tears he replied, “Madam, I am the poor, unhappy man who composed that hymn many years ago.” Through this encounter, Robinson was brought back to the outstretched arms of his loving God.
It is my prayer that when we find that we have lost our way and have wandered from our loving Father, we will not continue to run away, but will instead fall into the arms of our Lord, just like Robinson and Saju did.
May God’s grace and peace be with you.