And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. Ephesians 1:13 NLT
No matter where I tossed it, it returned.
In the land before computers, cell phones, and video games—the land I lived
in as a child—there were yoyos. I had no income, only the allowance Mom and Dad
gave me for doing chores around the house or the money I received from
relatives for Christmas or my birthday, but I used what I received to buy
Of course, in my mind, no yoyo existed except those imprinted with the
name, Duncan. The Imperial and the Butterfly were my favorites. When the string
wasn’t twisted, I could toss them down, and they’d return to my hand. Doesn’t
seem like much fun now, but it was then.
But a mere toss down and back up didn’t suffice. I needed to know the
main tricks, such as “Walking the Dog” and “Around the World.” To walk the dog,
the yoyo string had to be completely untwisted. When tossed down, the yoyo would
remain in a spinning position until I jerked the string, at which time it would
return to my hand. Around the world involved tossing the yoyo around my
shoulder as a softball pitcher does when pitching a ball.
The Imperial worked well for these and other tricks, but the Butterfly
performed even better. The Butterfly had a wider girth, making it easier to
catch when it came back to me. If my slip knot didn’t come undone or the string
didn’t break, my yoyos always came back, no matter what trick I performed.
As the string and slipknot connected me to my yoyo, so God’s Spirit
connects me to Him. Paul says we’re given—or sealed—with the Spirit the moment
we trust Christ as our Savior.
I wasn’t a perfect yoyoer. I often messed up, but if the string held, I
could retrieve my wayward yoyo, rewind the string, and toss it again. The same
holds true in our walk with God. Sin makes us prone to mess up. Even though
God gives us new nature and clothes us in the righteousness of Christ, we
still live in an imperfect body and an imperfect world filled with temptations.
The good news is that we can keep going back to God’s hand. The
connection will never break, and He will never sever it. Nothing can separate
us from God’s love. Although we are not puppets on a string—God gives us free
will—He is there for us to run back to when we fall into sin or travel down wayward
When you feel completely unwound or twisted, remember God is there to
draw You back to Himself.
Prayer: Father, thank You for never leaving us.
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