I love this photo for what it represents. I am finally home from an amazing time in Chicago, encouraging and training our Chicago teams. Our plane home was canceled, but my luggage already left without us somehow…so I slept in and wore the same clothes for two days. I made it home just in time to shower and dash out to our Love Life Donor celebration, where I was the designated face painter for eager little children. I was wiped out when I finally stumbled to my own bed.
But this photo was posted by the Chicago team in my Facebook feed and reminded me of one of the most poignant moments of our trip for me. It is of me speaking to a woman who was SOBBING as she came out of the abortion center. She refused to let our team offer literature or speak to her at all as she raced past them and jumped in her car. It was clear she had aborted and was overcome with grief and remorse.
I went to the car side, knelt down by her window, and begged her to talk with me. I told her I knew what she was going through, having had an abortion myself long ago. She needed help, and I knew where she could find it.
Miraculously, she rolled down her window. First, I asked if she had taken the pill. Then, how far along she was. Finally, I asked if she believed in God. Through her fountain of sorrow, she nodded. So the first and primary message I gave her was it was OBVIOUS she regretted the abortion already, but God was giving her a second chance. I told her about abortion pill reversal. When I asked if she would call their hotline right away, she said she would. She has the number of our Chicago team director, and I told her about all the help they could provide. I reminded her of how much God loved her AND her baby, both created in His Holy image. I told her that what was meant for evil, God COULD redeem and use for good. My life was a testament to that truth.
I pray she followed through with the reversal and that her baby is alive and well. Our past, no matter how sinful, CAN and will be used by God for good and for His glory if we are willing. Never believe you are too broken to be used by God.
“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.”
II Timothy 4:17