This Day in History…

O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart                                                           Psalm 15:1-2

Sojourner Truth delivered her famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech. The life of Sojourner Truth is fascinating- a heroic story that really cannot be fully appreciated in modern times. She was born into slavery, not in the deep-south, but in New York, where she was enslaved by a Dutch family.

She has a painful story- all slavery stories are painful and shameful- but her response was a God inspired miracle. She was not born with that colorful name. She had the given name of Isabella Baumfree. She took the name Sojourner Truth on one Pentecost Sunday when she heard a call from God to speak her truth- God’s truth- to the world.

How does this happen? An African-American woman, born into slavery in the middle of America’s great battle over that evil practice, becomes a famous voice in that struggle.

She was an example of meeting God in the place of obedience, then letting Him take over and do the things we cannot do. When we respond to what God would have us do, knowing that we cannot do it, but trusting that He can, that is where miracles happen.

I believe that principle works. We cannot see the end game of what we are called to start. I cannot imagine that Sojourner Truth could have possibly conceived that we would be commemorating an extemporaneous speech of hers 169 years later. She simply obeyed what God had given her to do. She did it, then God did His work.

A salute to Sojourner Truth, who would say to me, “Don’t give me the glory for what God has done”.

Prayer: Thank you for people who respond to your voice, and how you use that for miracles, Amen.


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