Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gentle and Lowly in Heart: A Meekness that Moves Mountains

Sarah M is a quiet, gentle soul. She speaks rarely, and when she does it is unfailingly kind. She weighs her thoughts and her words carefully, and never utters an unnecessary syllable. She is deeply committed to God, to her family, and to being a presence on the sidewalks of the abortion center.

Yesterday was the first time in the nearly four years that I have known her that I have seen her speak on the microphone. She was gentle, kind, and sweetly persuasive. She listed all the help that Cities4Life can provide. A few minutes later, a woman left the center and approached us.

"Did you change your mind?" I asked.
"Yes," she said.

When I asked why, she said she had prayed to God for a sign of what she should do. When she saw all of us on the sidewalk, it was the first sign. Then when she heard us offering all the help we could offer, she realized she was not alone. That was the second sign.

Sarah had just finished speaking on the microphone. I think it was Sarah's gentle voice that probably finally got through to this young woman who was already in the abortion center. Praise God that the women can hear us on the microphone when they are inside the building.

So why does this shy, unassuming young lady brave the sidewalks of an abortion center to speak on behalf of the babies? How does she muster the courage? She explains in her own words.

“I do not go out to the abortion center because I think that I am someone great or because I feel that I have all of the answers for these women. I go because my life has been totally changed by Jesus and I want other people to experience the life that comes through knowing Him. Sometimes I feel very inadequate and weak when I’m standing out on the sidewalk speaking God’s truth and offering help, but I am compelled to speak out against the injustice of abortion. It is destructive to the mother, to the baby, to the family, and ultimately to the nation and beyond. God has called His people to shine brightly in this dark world—and I am privileged to be a part of His Kingdom.”

Are you also reserved, maybe a little shy and meek? Do you think God cannot use you? Ask Sarah. I think she would disagree.

If you are now convicted to contact Cities4Life and lend your quiet voice to the chorus of sidewalk counselors, please email Vicky at vkaseorg@cities4life.com for information.

Matthew 5:5

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.  

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