A young woman heard our Love Life sidewalk outreach team calling out about Abortion Pill Reversal (APR). She was sobbing. She had regretted swallowing the pill the moment she did so. As soon as she drove home, she googled APR and called the hotline.
The nurse and I hurried to the HELP Monroe Pregnancy center to meet her and begin the APR protocol. She was still crying, as she had been for the past three hours. She said she had let her fears and worries of an unknown future influence her to do something that she did not believe was right and was totally out of character. In fact, lately, much of her life felt like it was being lived by someone she did not even know.
This is what the father of lies and deception, the enemy of our soul, does to us. When we take our eyes off of Jesus and put them on the worries and struggles of the world, we often lose sight of what is real, what is true, what is honorable, and righteous before God. We give in to sin, which has a way of intensifying and multiplying.
The ultrasound showed the baby wiggling about and even waving at her at one point. The tiny heart was beating at the expected rate. The baby was alive. As the nurse gave her the reversal medication, I shared the Gospel. She admitted that though she claimed Jesus as Lord, she had been rebelling against Him in significant areas of her life. She wanted Him to be her Lord but would go home and ponder what I had shared.
The next day, she texted to thank us again and tell us she was feeling much calmer, much better. She knew it was out of her hands now. It was up to God, and she was trying hard not to worry. I asked her if she knew why Peter began to sink after walking on water. She did not. She asked me why he began to drown.
So I told her:
“It is such a great story. When he sees Jesus across the lake, with his eyes firmly on Jesus, he gets out of the boat and walks on water!!!! But then, he puts his eyes on the wind and the waves and the storm and becomes fearful. HE TAKES HIS EYES OFF OF JESUS, and that is when he sinks.
“This is true of all of us. When we keep our eyes firmly on Jesus, we can do everything He desires of us.
But if we take our eyes off of Him, disregard His word, put our eyes on the worries and, concerns and struggles of our lives…we sink. We drown. But He doesn’t let Peter drown. You know why?”
I was encouraged when she texted back: “No. Why?”
“Because Peter, knowing he was helpless without Him, calls out, “Lord save me!” And Jesus reaches out His hand and scoops him out of the water. Peter humbly recognized he could NOT save himself. And he called out what we all need to call out. We have to tell Jesus we trust He CAN save us and that we want Him to. Like I shared with you yesterday in that verse Romans 10:9. “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”