and my phone is ringing off the hook, it can be one of a few things, a call from one of my kids or parents that something terrible has happened, one of my kids in trouble or a girl who I’ve passed my phone number to. This morning it rang and I looked down at the phone and I saw “J’s” name…my heart started to race, all I could think of was she got into the car with someone and they’ve hurt her…however this was not the case!!
It was J and she sounded so happy, (I thought to myself is she crazy it’s 3:40 in the morning) apparently when you make big decisions like J did at that time of the morning happy is the only thing you know how to be! So J told me that she hasn’t stopped thinking about our conversation over a week and a half ago and that every time she gets into the car with a random guy she hears my voice saying to her, “Are you getting in the car with some random guy who’s going to do God knows what to you, or getting in the car with me and going somewhere safe?” So she proceeded to tell me where she was and that she realized she needed help and wanted to get off the streets and go home!
As I got in my car and drove to pick her up off of a “busy” street corner in West Baltimore, I couldn’t help but smile and thank God, little did I know the night was going to get even more exciting! As I pulled up I heard her telling a few of the girls where she was going and that if she could help it she wouldn’t be back! I looked at her shook my head and waited for her to get in, as we drove off I said a quick prayer for the remaining girls and off we went.
On the way to the hospital she talked to me about how the past week and a half has been different for her, how she was aware of her decisions and how they weren’t good for her, this seriously was not the girl I had met a few short weeks ago! As we are driving she was asking me questions about how I knew that God was real, and guess what right next to me sat a real life example of how I know God is real, a girl I have prayed for for almost two weeks is sitting next to me and headed to get help, how much more real can I make God to her?
So we pull into the hospital around 4:20 and get her checked in, at 4:40 my dear friend J, prayed to accept Christ into her life, at 4:45 she was called back to triage and now begins the rest of her life. This morning I had meetings I need to be at but as soon as I got out this afternoon, I made a phone call, got in touch with her nurse, and found out that because of a phone call I made at 6:30 this morning on my way home to shower and get ready to start my day, J was now holding her mom’s hand as she was working out the details of where she would go from here.
This evening I am going to meet J’s mom, she wants to hug me, she wants to thank me, but really I want to hug her, and thank her for the opportunity to reach out to her this morning. She told me one the phone she figured I was calling to tell her, her daughter was dead. But the opposite couldn’t be more true, this girl has a new life ahead of her.
Will you join me in lifting up J and her mom, they both have a long road ahead of them, I am so excited to see how God uses this girl. I am so thankful that God has given me this heart, the one that doesn’t mind I have a long day and it’s 3:30 in the morning, the one who is rearranging my life to meet a precious mom tonight…the heart that allows me to weep for people like J, and not give up even when there is resistance.