Mary’s Crisis Pregnancy
December 11, 2013
She was fourteen and pregnant. Her fiancé was not the father. Jewish law decreed that she could be stoned to death! Mary could have said, “No,” to God when His angel approached her, but she did not. Instead she trusted God to see her through whatever difficulties arose from carrying this child.
When a woman today finds herself in a “crisis pregnancy” situation, often she looks only at the difficulties it can cause and not the blessing her child can be.
Just as God intervened with Joseph to protect Mary and the Child, He is ready to do the same for such a situation today. God has a special place in His heart for little ones. Remember when Jesus admonished His disciples, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”? (Matthew 19:14) His attitude has not changed.
But we must be willing to trust Him. Being a mother is a God-given privilege—even when the circumstances seem all wrong. It is God who allowed your child to be conceived. Even though the timing appears wrong, God can turn the worst situation into a blessing. (Romans 8:28)
We can be sure that Mary prayed long and hard during her pregnancy—both for her and Joseph, but even more so for her baby. We, too, can pray for good health and wisdom in raising our children. Perhaps, a prayer for extra love for this surprise package God has allowed to happen to us is also needed.
When Mary found she was pregnant and that her elderly cousin, Elizabeth, was six months along in her “surprise” pregnancy, she rushed to her. I’m sure Elizabeth was also dealing with many questions even as she praised God for answering her prayers. Women in crisis pregnancies need to seek out fellowship from caring people and that is where Crisis Pregnancy Centers come in. They provide fellowship and support–physically, spiritually, and emotionally. We can all help with our prayers and by volunteering at a center.
God affirmed both Mary and Elizabeth as seen in their response—first to God and then as they came together at Elizabeth’s home. Affirmation is needed by all, whether during a crisis pregnancy or facing another difficulty. God desires to use Christians to provide that affirmation. May each one of us stand by any woman in such need.
Blog written by Linda Demorest, pro-life advocate in Northeast Indiana.