A Cool Drink of Water in Jesus’ Name By Jenny Farrell, RN
Recently I met with a single mother who had just taken a positive pregnancy test. She wanted an ultrasound right away to determine how far along she was.
She’d had a previous abortion, naming the exact date. She told of the pain she had experienced emotionally ever since and how that decision has haunted her.
However, after the ultrasound,
she began considering another abortion.
She was only 6 weeks pregnant. Somehow in her mind, aborting at an earlier stage of development didn’t seem as wrong.
Maybe when you read this it shocks you, and rightly so. But one of the things we’ve learned after meeting with so many hurting women, is that if someone has never sensed their own value, they don’t seem to be able to grasp the value of another.
To understand, we need to
put ourselves in their shoes.
Here is part of this woman’s story. She never heard the words “I love you” growing up. She was raped at a young age. When her mother was told, she came to the location, and then turned around and left her there.
Prior to having her abortion, she considered becoming Muslim. She really didn’t know much about that religion, but she recognized that she needed something that was bigger than herself—some way to get her life “back on track”.
I shared with her about the difference between Christianity and the other religions of the world: Was there any other God who had willingly given his own son to die on behalf of her sin?
I shared a very small snapshot of my own story of molestation as a child, and the amazing healing that I have received through the love of Jesus. I could see a tiny glimmer of hope. It seemed to me she wondered if there was hope for her.
She knew she was supposed to
come to Pregnancy Resources that day.
This young woman left saying she wasn’t sure what she would do, but that she knew she was supposed to come to Pregnancy Resources that day. She said she would like to hear more about God, because she knew she needed help.
A few days later I called to follow up with her, and I am thrilled to say that she has decided to carry her child to term - praise the Lord!
Only Jesus can heal a broken - even shattered - heart. Yet it is an amazing privilege to be able to hold out a cool drink of water in Jesus’ name.
Posted on Fri, January 11, 2013
by Sara Calcote