Be the “Sign”

“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” {Matthew 5:14-16 MSG}

There are a few common similarities that I notice about a lot of testimonies from girls that have an unplanned pregnancy. Sure they all have the same heart-in-the-stomach, “oh my goodness what am I going to do,” type reactions … but there are also some that have some specific things in common.

1. Most of the girls find out they are pregnant by taking a pregnancy test in a Walmart bathroom. I’m thinking we need to set up a crisis pregnancy volunteers stationed at Walmart bathrooms nationwide – It would be a stinky job but you never know haha!

2. When girls schedule an abortion or is even just contemplating abortion, a lot of them are looking for a “sign” from God, telling them that they shouldn’t do it. Anything. With their present circumstances the way they are, how could they? They can only with God and He needs to make it very obvious to them in that moment so they know what to do.

I’ve noticed this theme so often … a sign.

One Embrace Grace girl had been contemplating abortion and praying about what to do while driving in her car, when at that exact moment, she saw hundreds of pray for life supporters lining up the side of Southlake Blvd with signs to save the babies. She knew God was giving her a sign. I’m not sure about you, but I drive up and down Southlake Blvd all the time and I have NEVER seen this. It was a divine answer to her prayer.

Sometimes the sign was a phone call from a friend … sometimes it was a stranger walking up to them and saying something that was confirmation on keeping their baby … sometimes it was because the abortion clinic randomly called to reschedule … sometimes it was even that the IV kept slipping out of the patient’s arm several times in a row while on the abortion medical table … (yes this has happened and she saved her babies’ life!!)

He doesn’t just send signs to save babies, … He also sends signs to woo us to Himself.

There was an Embrace Grace girl that had an entire semester with us and even by the end of the semester, she still was unsure about accepting Jesus as her Savior. She had read a lot about different religions and really felt like wiccan was right for her. We had many talks about the history of the Bible, the Dead sea scrolls and the validity of the Word. I would pick her up and take her home every week so I got extra time with her to answer questions she might have and to hear her heart. After Embrace Grace was over, we still kept in contact with her and love her tons!! She had a beautiful baby and she works so hard to provide for her sweet little family.

Over a year after she had her baby, she called me out of the blue to say that she is a Christian now and has a relationship with Jesus now. She said that she would have dreams and just be thinking about it a lot during this time period. She was still so unsure and was worried about surrendering her life over to this God that kept popping up in her dreams and thoughts. His love kept surrounding her and prodding her. She asked God for a sign because she just wasn’t sure what to believe.

One day, she went to work as usual. She was working the counter at a fast food restaurant that was connected to a gas station and doing her normal work routine.  A man walked up to her counter and nervously said, “God wanted me to tell you that He loves you so much.” Her eyes filled up with tears and that night when she got home, she gave her life to Christ. She was SO excited to tell me the story and how her heart had changed so much and she felt His love all over her.

So my question is, are you someone’s sign? You know when you get a prompting to say or do something that is completely out of the ordinary but you quickly brush it aside because surely that was just a random thought in your head and wasn’t God …. But you know what? Why would you have a thought like that?

God is speaking all the time. If you just stop and spend an extra 60 seconds with someone and share some love, listen to what God wants to say, you never know what “sign” you are to that person that could essentially …. possibly …. you never know …. change the world.

Listen, Believe and Obey. Be a sign of God’s love for everyone around you.

Has a stranger or someone you love ever been the “sign” that you needed at a critical time in your life? Or have you ever been the “sign” for someone? Share with us – these are my FAVORITE stories!!!

Written by Amy Ford

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