God’s Incredible Design
We all know someone who has had an unplanned pregnancy. Maybe you are that person? Or maybe you’re the ‘result’ of an unplanned pregnancy.
One of the most unfortunate terms we use in our day and age, in describing an unexpected pregnancy is “an accident”.
Because of this horrible phrase, there are many adults walking around our world, with the deep-seated belief that they were never really wanted. Perhaps you’re one of those people who has been told all your life that you were a mistake?
I was reading Psalm 139 and starting me thinking…
With God there are No Accidents.
Does this sound like the description of an accident?
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them”
Job says in: Job 10:8 ‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me, An intricate unity;
The Lord Himself put you together in your mother’s womb. He decided before you were born, what you would look like – “fearfully and wonderfully made”.He ordained the span of your life before you even took your first breath.
God knows you thoroughly – completely because he created you.
Nothing happens in this world by chance, or by accident especially the conception of a human being! Nothing escapes the notice of The Lord our God: Hebrews 4:13
“no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
Of course pregnancies often result from relationships and encounters that were just plain old human rebellion and waywardness (what the Bible calls sin) but this does not lessen the legitimacy, the value, the uniqueness of the resulting baby, nor the fact that he or she is created in the image of God, for a purpose.
Don’t believe the lie that you were an accident or that your child was an accident.
All children are a gift from God. Psalm 127:3 “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.”
The next time you are tempted to say “I’m an accident” – say, instead “I’m God’s gift”. It’s the truth! He blessed your parents with you, whether they recognise it or not.
If you’re a single mum, thank God for your little blessings, and that He causes “everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
What about the Child that is born as a result of rape?
Here’s another thought; one that could be quite controversial, but necessary to talk about in our modern culture; It’s considered ok to offer abortion as a ‘solution’ to an unwanted pregnancy in the case of rape or sexual abuse. Now as a survivor myself, I’m not in an any way demeaning this scourge of abuse, but my question is this: “why should an innocent unborn baby, created by a loving God, have his or her life terminated because of the circumstances of its conception?
I understand completely that the woman who has been abused might find it hard to look at that child and not see the face of her abuser, but could we turn it around just for a moment at look at it another way?
Working on the basis that God works all things together for good, and that all children are a gift from Him; what if:
What if that baby could be seen as a reward, for all your suffering; a precious gift from your Father who loves you and was there when you were being abused – who “knit your baby together” in your womb, to bless you with.
He is the one who “turns your mourning into dancing”, and who gives you “beauty in places of ashes”
And what if: Instead if seeing your attacker’s face when you look into the eyes of your precious gift, you take another look at your baby’s face and see your creator, instead – the One who made your baby in His image?
You can trust your Shepherd to care for you – His Goodness Mercy will follow you all the days if your life – not only some days! I love this image Isaiah depicts: “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in his arms; He will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young”. Isaiah 40:11
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