I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed in what God is doing lately. He amazes me by how He calls us, leads us, and moves people and circumstances that seem unrelated on the surface, and yet so perfected timed in His plans. We can hardly perceive Him at all. His love is so vast, His vision and plan of salvation so complete. All we have to do is walk in it. And that’s the hard part. This elusive calling we have received and are so utterly unable to figure out.
I am constantly thrown into confusion. I find myself doubting things He has already double, triple confirmed. I wonder if I will ever “get there”….wherever there is, I am not sure. But I think that is the point. We will never walk in our calling if we continue to try to figure it all out before taking a step. A friend reminded me this morning of the significance of waiting upon the Lord. There is much we don’t know, but that doesn’t have to keep us from acting in what we do know. God has already revealed much. We just have to walk it out a step at a time. And trust Him to lead us. He knows the big picture, the end game. He is already there. He stands in certain victory. He has decisively and permanently defeated evil. Oh, if we could only grasp this truth and rise up in faith!
I was heavily burdened last night at prayer group. I had been to a presentation that afternoon about the realities of human trafficking in our community. The average age of the victims is 12-14 years old. 80% of them are girls. Most are approached by a female who acts like a friend to them at first, then deceives and forces them into sex trafficking. Many are pimped right out of their own homes! They are threatened, battered, and controlled psychologically by the pimps. The “johns” are everywhere too. People who engage in this crime come from all walks of life – factory workers, lawyers, teachers, government officials. It is absolutely horrifying evil. I heard stories of girls being “hot-boxed” – which means injected with heroine and immediately addicted. They say “then the pimp owns them”. Many are branded with their pimp’s name tattooed on their neck or thigh. One girl was recruited from her own church! This is organized crime and the recruiters are everywhere. Girls have been recruited from school, the mall, and online through social media. They’ve rescued girls from Centerville, West Chester, and Beavercreek. It’s not only the poor or disadvantaged who are at risk. A local police officer’s own daughter was being pimped out of his own home, and he had no idea. How chilling is that? A father, and person in authority to uphold and protect in the community, faced with the crushing realization that he was unable to protect his own daughter! The most burdensome for me is the reality that there is NO PLACE for the victims to go. If they are located and pulled free from this life by the grace of God, the people who are working with them have little to no resources to help them get to a safe place and truly heal. It broke my heart to learn one girl was found by her pimp again after her “rescue” and raped again. She lives in the constant terror of being found and forced back into trafficking against her will.
This pervasive evil of human trafficking is so overwhelmingly burdensome to me. It is darkness so deep and daunting and despairing; a hell on earth for millions of victims; thousands of them in our own region. Ohio ranks 5th in the nation in the prevalence of this crime. The evil appears unrestrained…..and winning. Can we live with that? Can we turn away unmoved by such atrocity?
I can’t. I don’t think as Christians it is even possible because we are called to join rank in God’s Kingdom work. I don’t know what I can do, but I refuse to do nothing. I can’t sleep in my home surrounded in comfort and security knowing that 12-14 year olds are being forced to perform commercial sex acts 7-10 times a night! I can’t accept that IF these girls are “rescued” there is no help or place of refuge for them to truly heal.
God has promised deliverance for the captives, healing for the wounded; that the lost would be found, and restored in His power. This is the Father’s heart. This is His Kingdom work. This is why He sent His son to die in our place.
Last night, a woman at prayer asked God to send angels – two at each door. The reminder of God’s powerful army of warring angels comforted me as I faced this daunting reality. She reminded me of a dream I had recently. I dreamt that purple feathers were falling from the sky. I knew the feathers were from God…evidence of His angels, His power, and His Sovereign control of the battle at hand.
It reminds me, like the woman’s prayer, that we serve the God of Angel Armies. The Lord who does not sleep or slumber. The Lord who goes before us in the battle….who promises I am with you and will uphold you with my Righteous Right Hand. The Lord who promises, “Your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard….if you do away with the yoke of oppression….and spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday…..The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and strengthen your frame…your people will rebuild the ruins….you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restored of Streets with Dwellings” (Isaiah 58:8-12).
I know God is leading me to join this fight against human trafficking. I am called to rebuild the ruins in His name. “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear” (Psalm 27:3). The church stands with the God of Angel Armies against Satan and his evil forces of Hell. We proclaim victory in the Cross of Christ! We go forth in the power of His name!
O God, send Your Angels, two at each door. Let the purple feathers fall from Heaven – the majestic sign of Your royal reign. Let Your church arise to walk in her calling as You light the path before us. Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, on earth as IT IS in Heaven.