Yesterday, I forgot that I might have to go on the RV with the mobile ultrasound unit to counsel women who were ambivalent about abortion. I am the team member trained to counsel on the RV, but it has never been available on the day I volunteer, until the past few weeks. It was there yesterday, parked at the sidewalk of the abortion mill for the first time since I have been back from my month-long sojourn with my ailing Mom in NY. I normally might have spent hours prepping, reading over verses in my Bible and practicing what I would say. I tend to get REALLY nervous, and like to over-prepare. But since it had not been there since I'd been home, I forgot all about my duty as RV counselor should the need arise.
In fact, I was on the sidewalk handing literature to a woman who'd been speaking with me awhile, when two of my team members called my name. They brought me a mama who had agreed to go on the ultrasound, and for a moment, I just gazed mutely at them. Then, I suddenly remembered that it was my job to counsel the woman on the RV! I handed the woman I had been speaking with off to another team member, and led the other mama onto the RV. (Later I learned the first woman I'd been speaking with chose life for her baby!)
God sent me an "easy" case for my RV counseling. (He knows what He's doing.) This sweet mama had tears in her eyes when she said she wasn't sure what she wanted to do. I never doubted she would choose life. She was so soft-hearted, and knew that God would not approve of her aborting her child. And then her little baby gave the performance of her young life when she appeared on the ultrasound.(I don't know if the baby was a girl or not, but will call her a she because she is not an it!) As soon as we saw Baby X on the ultrasound, she started doing gymnastics. We were all enthralled, and the RV nurse was (as always) the perfect blend of medical knowledge and spirit-filled guidance. The mama (and Grandma) were all smiles. And just to seal her fate, do you know what that baby did? She brought her hands together, as though clasped in prayer.
"Look!" I said, "She's praying." We all watched the child, seemingly praying about her fate.
As soon as Mama got up from the ultrasound, I asked, "What do you think?"
"I'm keeping her," whispered Mama.
The mama attends church, claims to know Jesus, understood God would not have her abort, and left with a better understanding (I pray) of what obedience to Jesus really means, born out of love for His sacrifice on our behalf. I asked if I could text her with Bible verses to encourage and help her. She said she would appreciate that. ( I have a long list of mamas I do that for now!)
Praise God for those two saved lives yesterday, and for the awesome team I have the pleasure of working alongside.
As I sat here smiling, writing this blog, I got a text from the young mama. She thanked me for being there, and pushing her to make the right choice, the choice she knew God would have her make. And then she said, "Good luck on your journey SAVING LIVES."
I can't tell you what a blessing it is to watch God's miracles changing hearts, and to think that He allows me to participate in it!
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