“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say you did not know.”
The words of William Wilberforce, a man who poured out his whole life for the abolition of the slave trade, sank deep into my heart as the dampness of tears and the ache on my insides seemed to intensify.
We sat together in the basement, as the snow fell softly on the lawn outside our safe, cozy, comfortable home. Fresh snow always reminds me of the pure heart of God, gently floating down to cover all of our broken parts with His grace, His love.
Our cans of pop were on the ground, treats shoved aside. The silence was thick and consuming.
I had joined a group of friends from church to watch a documentary on sex trafficking… the quote that flashed across the screen towards the end of the film left me changed.
I felt broken by the images flashing before my eyes, by the stories being told. I hurt because the heart beating inside of me is no longer my own. Hand in hand with a man who had bled and the cross for me, I too felt the pain of living in a broken world.
We talked about the hard parts, the worst parts, each of us being pressed on by different stories, different scenes.
Not sure what to do next we dropped our heads and prayed.
I did not know then that in the coming year, I would meet beautiful, inspiring precious women who had been impacted by the implications of desperate poverty. That I would pray fervently for the Lord to protect the hearts and the lives of young girls living in Kibera, one of the largest slums in the world.
I did not know that I would embark on a journey with a team of beautifully broken women with hearts on fire for the only one who can make us whole.
There was a lot that I did not know.
But there was a little bit that I did.
And so I dropped my head and prayed. And I will never say I didn’t know.
Lately I have been thinking…what if?
What if we didn’t turn our heads and look away?
What if we didn’t let our busy get in the way? Or our pride? Or our…
What if we dropped our heads to pray…and watched to see how He would work.