She Stands in Truth - Heidi Wyborn
On December 1st, 1955 in Alabama there was a unassuming black American lady sitting on a bus, going home after a busy day as a seamstress. Her name was Rosa Parks. This young lady had travelled on this bus on many, many occasions. Now because Rosa was a black American, she was made to sit up the back of the bus in what was called “the coloured section”. The front of the bus was specifically for the white population.
As the bus Rosa was travelling on continued on its route, it started to fill. Eventually the bus was full and there were several white passengers standing. Upon seeing this, the driver pulled over and walked up to the sign separating the two areas and asked four black passengers to give up their seats for the white men standing. Three black passengers complied; one remained seated.
The bus driver demanded - Why don't you stand up? Rosa Parks replied “I don’t think I should have to stand up." Rosa Parks was arrested because of her decision not to stand when a white man needed a seat.
I know what you're thinking. Why is this relevant? Well because of one small act of Rosa Parks standing in her truth, 50000 people boycotted The Montgomery bus company for 382 days - leading to a change in legislation that allowed black Americans to integrate with the white Americans on the buses throughout America.
One person. One woman made a decision and decided to stand. To stand on her truth. A truth that affected many lives for the better. Not only in her day, but for many many generations after her. Did Rosa Parks decide when she left work that she would get on that bus and make a stand? No. She made a decision in the moment that she would stand up and be counted. I wonder how the three people who complied with the bus driver's demands felt after they became aware of the impact of Rosa’s stand for them. Regretful? What do you think you would’ve done if you had been faced with the same situation? Would you have stood and complied with the bus driver, or would u have remained seated and stood for what you believe?
It’s amazing what the enemy can tell us. He can come in and say "you're not good enough to do that" or "those girls are better at it, let them do it" or the best one - "why do you think that you deserve that?" That's when we need to stand in our truth. Stand on our beliefs and quietly say - I can! I will! I deserve!
God loves it when you stand with Him. He loves it when you find your voice and speak His words on behalf of Him. When you find your inner strength and fight for His plan and purpose that He placed on your life since the day you hit your mother's womb. Sure, we all get tired of the slug day in and day out. We all throw our hands in the air and go “I give up. I just can’t." But it’s through God’s Grace and His might that we are able to continue on our planned path. A path that you may be forging for the many that will come after you. The many that are watching you now, all because you stand on God's word for YOUR plan, YOUR purpose.
Rosa Parks stood in her truth impacting thousands because that was her story, her plan. Imagine what you could achieve if you stood strongly on God's word, trusted His word and stood strongly on His truth for your life! Ephesians 6:13 says: Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet.
The Power of one with an army backing her!! Nothing is impossible.
Be kind to yourself.
Love Heidi xx