Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eyes to See (from Michelle)

Photo By Rebecca at Caravan Sonnet
Hello, dear ones! You don’t know me just yet, but I pray that we will soon get to know one another through my contributions to this blog, and that the words I share will bring encouragement to your heart. My name is Michelle, and one of my very favorite words 
and subjects is “Hope”.

Hope.

It is such a powerful thing that can shift worlds completely around, change destinies, and cause fear to turn on its heels and flee.

One of the places where I have seen this most vividly is at the pregnancy center where I volunteer on weekends. Two years ago, I felt the Lord calling me to become involved in this ministry, where I have the privilege of counseling and encouraging women who are faced with unplanned pregnancies. When the Lord called me to this, He simply gave me the word “Hope” and told me that I was to share His hope with these women.Many times, women come to the center in a state of hopelessness and utter discouragement, seeing no solution whatsoever to their situation, other than abortion. They may have just lost their job, or been kicked out of their home, or had their boyfriend leave them when he found out they were pregnant.

I just can’t do this by myself.

Where will the money come from? I can’t afford a child right now.

What about school? I don’t want to give up on my education.

I have a 6-month old at home. I can’t handle two kids this close in age at the same time.

These are some of the things I’ve heard women say, and the desperation in their voice is real and raw. It’s in those moments that I silently cry out to God and ask Him for wisdom. What do I tell her, Lord? Show me how to share Your hope with her. It’s not my job to “patty-cake” their situation, or minimize their fears. Oftentimes I spend a lot of time just listening to them talk and express what’s on their heart. I share with them the resources we offer, and information that can help them make an informed decision. I talk to them about God, and how much He loves them. Afterwards, we take a walk down to the sonogram room. And this is where I’ve noticed that many times something remarkable happens. The sonographer pulls up an image of the baby in their womb, and begins to point out the things she sees... 

This over here is a hand.

See that little flicker? That’s the heart beating.

Wow, this one’s moving a lot! He just turned over and you can see the spine now.

Oh, look! His legs are crossed and you can see his little foot facing this way.

Oftentimes, this is when I see it. Only I’m not watching the screen, I’m watching the precious woman lying on the table. A glimmer flashes in her eyes, maybe even for just a moment. Sometimes she will say, “But I can’t even feel anything moving inside yet! Is the heart really beating already?” Yet despite what she may have thought or felt before then, there it is in plain view... moving and turning and kicking away! A miracle. A life. The thing she had thought was a burden now seems to have morphed into something altogether different.

I’ve thought a lot about this since coming to the pregnancy center. Women can come to the center in a state of hopelessness, and with a mountain of odds pulling against them. But when they come face-to-face with a miracle, everything changes. Life can never be what it once was, because a fresh vision of the miraculous has just invaded their hearts. Their situation may not have changed, and their problems didn’t suddenly disappear... BUT seeing the same situation with new eyes can make a world of difference. What once seemed impossible now seems like a challenge that can indeed be overcome, somehow, some way. The impossible has just become possible. 

A favorite quote of mine is this, by Marcel Proust: “The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Those who look for the miraculous will surely see it, whether it be in a bird’s song, a baby’s cry, a summer rain, or a kind word. And where miracles exist, there is always hope. I challenge you to look for the little everyday miracles that might be hiding in the most unlikely of places in your own life. And when you find them, grab hold of the hope that rises up in your heart as well, for it surely isn’t far behind.

A prayer of mine that I often pray is this: “Lord, give me eyes to see! I want to see this situation through Your eyes.” And it amazes me how much He loves to answer this prayer!

2 comments:

  1. I am currently doing a Bible study called "Wonderstruck." This is so apropos. Thanks for sharing your heart and giving us more and more hope!

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    1. Patricia, Thank you so much for leaving a comment for us! What a blessing and encouragement it was! We would love to hear more about the Bible Study- who is that by? Thank you again and we hope you have a wonderful Sunday!
      :) Rebecca

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