“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things.” Romans 10:15
I don’t think I have ever been accused of having beautiful feet. In fact I have it on good authority that they are quite unattractive. Nevertheless, in faith, I am going to plant them on the solid rock of God’s Word and boldly claim this verse because I do have good news of good things to share! Here are just a few of the wondrous things that God has done on the streets lately.
In March I received a thank you card with a picture of a precious newborn baby boy. I had met his mother outside of Planned Parenthood (PP) and the Holy Spirit quickly went to work in this young lady, bringing her to repentance and to a rededication of her life to Christ. She and the father were married and had their son dedicated to the Lord in the church they are now attending. At the dedication they read Joshua 1:9 as a promise to their son: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Indeed, may this young one grow in the Lord to be strong and courageous. May he be a powerful testimony to the faithfulness of God!
Adam is a dear brother that God brought into my life a few years ago. His fellowship and encouragement have been an answer to prayer. He has spent many hours on the sidewalk outside of PP. As you may know or can imagine this is not an easy ministry. There are many long hours of boredom, aching feet, rejection, heartache, mockery, and abuse. These long hours are occasionally punctuated by incredibly intense moments; emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually intense. This is a sanctifying work. More often than not we do not receive any tangible sign of fruit. It can be easy to get down. But God is so kind to pull back the veil every now and then and give a glimpse of what He is up to. These are precious glimpses that bolster our faith. Here is one instance:
Adam and I were standing on the sidewalk when I sensed a car coming to a stop beside us. Suddenly there was a loud and very gruff voice that called out, “Hey!” Oh boy, I thought, Here we go! Again, the voice called out, “Hey!” as I turned to see two of the baddest looking dudes I have ever laid eyes on. These guys had tattoos all the way up there necks and were scowling at us. As I stammered, “Yah?” The driver said, “Thanks for being out here with that sign.” He was talking to Adam who was holding a sign. Then he said, “I brought my girlfriend here last Wednesday for an abortion. She had gone inside and I couldn’t stop staring at the sign you were holding. I realized that what we were doing was wrong. I called her and convinced her to come out. You saved our baby. Thanks for being out here.” Indeed, we walk by faith and not by sight.
For the month of August, the Pregnancy Resource Center is having an open prayer time every Wednesday morning at 8am. I have been attending this before hitting the streets. This past Wednesday several in attendance prayed specifically that God would bring mothers in need to the PRC. After the prayer time I was heading out to stand in front of PP and was really struggling to overcome the temptation to just go home and not face the reality of what was happening at PP. Thankfully, God gracefully delivered me from this lack of faith and soon I was parking my car and joined the others who had gathered to intervene for the Lord’s children. I felt led to preach to the two PP volunteers who were present and so fell to my knees on the sidewalk, closed my eyes, and humbled myself, confessing my weakness and seeking the Lord’s presence and power. As I knelt there, eyes closed, I heard the sound of a loud truck pull up and a door closing. Opening my eyes, I arose and turned to see a young lady approaching some others who were on the sidewalk. She asked them what religion they were and as she did, she began to cry. I drew close to her and told her that we were Christians and asked her what was wrong. She just broke down and began to share that she had come for an abortion but that when she saw us she was compelled to come talk with us. “What religion are you?” was all she could think to say. The next few minutes were astounding! She related how she had prayed most of the night and morning that God would help her to not do what she had planned, to abort her baby. Praise God for His faithfulness! I was able to tell her that God had answered her prayer and also that we had prayed for her that very morning and that she was an answer to our prayers. She followed me to the PRC and we spoke for about an hour. She confessed her sins before God and resolved to lay down her life for her child.
I was only on the street for a few minutes and “BAM!” God orchestrated this amazing encounter. But what is even more amazing, I later found out, is that at the same time as I was engaged with ministering to this young lady, just down the sidewalk, Kathy (another sidewalk counselor) was having a nearly identical encounter with another abortion bound young lady!
Know this: God is watching over His word to perform it.
When we simply show up in faith, He shows up … and shows off!
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21