Last year, I published a very unoriginal but modernized note on Facebook about a very special unplanned pregnancy. I want to share it again, here:
“ One day, a young girl, who was engaged to her fiancé, became pregnant before she was married. She did not become pregnant by her fiancé either. There was someone else.
This woman did not become pregnant by her own choice. It came to her, unsuspecting and innocent, at a time in her life when everything seemed to be going just like she’d always dreamed and wanted.
But no. THIS had to ruin everything.
She was scared. Embarrassed. Shocked.
“Why me?” she must have wondered, “What are people going to say?! What will my fiancé think?”
Her fiancé, unable to fathom the woman he was about to marry shaming him in such a way, decided to leave her quietly without embarrassing her publicly.
Before the man left his pregnant fiancée, he had a crazy dream that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. And in his dream an angel told him not to leave his fiancé, but instead, to marry her.
This man, named Joseph, woke up and having great strength of trust, married his fiancée, despite what people would think of him: a whimp, a pushover, a weak unmasculine man.
This woman, was also visited by an angel who told her who the father was.
What did she say?
“No! It’s my body and my life! I want to do other things first! I’m not ready! This isn’t fair! I don’t want a baby right now, with all the trouble they bring. I need to get to know my husband and spend quality time alone with him for a few years before I have a whiny baby!”
No, this woman, named Mary, with immense strength of trust and courage, said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word. “(Luke 1:38)
Mary could have chosen to take a medication that would make the baby “go away”. And she definitely could have gone to see a doctor who could “take the small glob of nothingness” out of her belly, and solve all of her problems. No one would ever have to know.
There were ways to do this, even in her time.
But no, 2,000 years ago, a young, brave girl and her strong fiancé chose Life.
2,000 years ago, this couple chose Jesus Christ.
What would you do, especially if you didn’t feel ready?”