In April 2016, the U.S. Treasury Dept. announced that several women would grace new designs for $5, $10, and $20 bills. Harriet Tubman, leader of the Underground Railroad effort that freed at least 300 slaves in the years leading up to the Civil War, will replace Andrew Jackson as the featured portrait on the front of the $20. Most schoolchildren can tell you who Harriet Tubman was. According to the New York Times, “Araminta Ross, known as “Minty,” was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland around 1822. When she was about 26, and married to John Tubman, she escaped to Philadelphia and took her mother’s given name, Harriet. She later returned to rescue family members, and was asked by slaves not related to her to help them escape as well. She took great risks traveling at night from the South to the free North via a network of secret routes and safe houses on the Underground Railroad. When the Civil War began, Tubman became a spy for the Union.”
What sometimes gets left out is the deep faith in God that Tubman relied on for strength and guidance. Christianity Today writes, “Tubman’s friends and fellow abolitionists claimed that the source of her strength came from her faith in God as deliverer and protector of the weak. “I always tole God,” she said, “‘I’m gwine [going] to hole stiddy on you, an’ you’ve got to see me through.'” Read the whole story here.
Even though there was a price on her head, Harriet Tubman made nearly 20 trips into the South to free slaves, all the while, relying on The Lord. She might well agree with words of Psalm 112:6-8: For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
In what areas of our lives do we need to hold steady to God to find true freedom in Jesus Christ?