I’m taking a detour from our walk through the Psalms because of Sierra. She lives five hours away in another state.
The phone glowed with enthusiasm when my daughter called Tuesday morning. She met Sierra at another time and place where, in the timing of God, they couldn’t talk for very long. Sierra is pregnant and single, and told my daughter she didn’t want an abortion but she wasn’t sure what to do. The two of them found out they have the same birthday. Let’s see, how many God moments so far?
God gave my daughter an exceptional heart for birth mothers and adoption (she’s adopted two) and though it troubled her, she and Sierra separated at that moment because they had to do so without even sharing phone numbers. Even then, though unseen, God was at work.
Tuesday, my daughter stopped into a fast food restaurant with her son. Guess who was behind the counter to serve them?! Surely, it was an accident…Their eyes connected right away, each remembering the other and their common birthday.
Sierra’s life now is tough and she needs solutions that will not mislead her again. Followers of Christ know Sierra needs the presence and life of Jesus Christ. For sure, my daughter thinks that way. What would you say if you had a private moment with Sierra? I might ask if I could share a few verses. John 10:7-11 come to mind:
So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers… If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Someone has invaded—stolen—Sierra’s innocence for a moment of self-centered gain and there are lifelong implications. Jesus Christ offers a life now and forever that transcends our circumstances and sins. He sacrificed His life to open heaven’s gate to us. What is God asking Sierra and unbelievers to know? “Christ died for our sins…and was raised from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15). What is God asking Sierra and unbelievers to do? “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2). Grace is: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Faith is: Forsaking All I Trust Him.
The real hero of this story is God, who directed the universe for Sierra to meet my daughter.
Finally, the phone grew even hotter when my daughter told me that while she was writing her phone number down to give to Sierra she looked up and…guess who was approaching her table with a piece of paper in her hand?!
Will you pray for Sierra and ask yourself: Who are my God moments this week?