Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Crisis Story

                In pregnancies, Psalm 139:13 is more than often quoted: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” This reminds us that a baby is a gift. Every single life inside the womb is carefully formed by the hands of the Creator! He personally chooses the color of the baby’s eyes. The Reigning King above all kings Himself meticulously sets the rhythm of the new life’s heartbeat. With unparalleled consideration and love, He writes great, unforeseen plans never before imagined specifically for this young life! A baby truly is a miracle straight from God’s arms.

                Yet, our pregnancy center and pregnancy centers like ours are typically recognized as “crisis” pregnancy centers. This, of course, insinuates that an unplanned pregnancy is indeed a crisis. Society understands a crisis to be a catastrophic disaster. It’s the point where life goes down in flames. It’s sad. It’s painful. It’s filled with panic and tears. It’s the moment when life is absolutely ruined.

                Yesterday, a young woman came for her appointment, accompanied by her mother and boyfriend. She lives a seemingly normal life with her mother and her sister. She walked in our doors with fear. She frightfully anticipated the expected news. She already researched the possibility of abortion, but God drew her to our facility before she finalized that decision. Our client advocate listened, comforted, and shared Christ’s love and redemption! She explained God’s promises and desires for this girl’s life.

They performed the pregnancy test.


10 weeks pregnant.

She’s just 14 years old.

                Is this baby a gift? Is this baby a crisis? Did God truly orchestrate such a miracle, knowing the body carrying was a girl beginning her 9th grade year in high school?

                The Biblical definition for a “gift” is found in James 1:17: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” This famous passage is even written in the context of perseverance under unwanted trials. So yes, this baby is a miracle, hand-crafted by God, and His plan for the baby, for the mother, and for the situation is good. No matter the circumstances which caused this or the circumstances following, this baby is a miraculous gift from God.  

The literal definition for “crisis” is the following: “1) a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point and 2) a condition of instability or danger”. So yes, this pregnancy is a crisis. This 14 year old’s baby has absolutely changed all future events this girl planned. The pregnancy is indeed a turning point. It’s undeniably an instable time, filled with anxiety, worry, and fear.

Whether or not the situation is fair is not our place to determine. Out of selfless love, God gave mankind free will, free to choose Him or reject Him. On a daily basis, we choose to reject Him, yet He still chooses us. He chooses to see His Son’s sacrifice instead of our sin. He chooses to forgive. He chooses to redeem our mistake and bring about something beautiful.
Something good and perfect.
That’s the miracle.
That’s the gift.

Pray for this young girl as she walks forward, choosing life for her baby. Pray for her family as they absorb the depth of heartbreak attached to this positive test. Colossians 1:17 promises us that Christ “is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Pray that this family runs to Christ’s ever-open arms, because only in Him is there true hope and healing. Our Savior is big enough for a 14 year old’s pregnancy. Our Deliverer is without question strong enough to hold this crisis together and form a miracle.