Joan d’Arc, understated hero
In a world where heroes are in very short supply, take a moment and do a fast Google search for Joan of Arc (Joan d’Arc). This girl (mere 16 when she saved the real French leadership) convinced a king and generals (in a very male dominated culture!) of God sending her to lead the people – she did so impoverished, humble as a peasant girl, not in shining marketed publicity.
The Spiritual Authority she carried from her short life of piety, convinced the King and generals. She led them to victory in the relief of Orleans. Later, she was captured by the English, tried in an ecclesiastical court and not surprisingly condemned. They burned her at the stake and she would not recant God’s voice in her life.
One day I’ll visit her in glory and we shall talk and I come to understand how this teen maid experienced God’s mighty hand in her life.