I heard the jingle of the bells on the door, and my heart started pounding. “Well, this is it,” I told myself. “This is why I’m here. This is what I’ve been waiting for… so why do I feel so scared??”
Of course, I’d been trained. I’d watched videos, read articles, and prepared myself mentally for every possible scenario. But no amount of preparation could ready me for my first encounter with a pregnant teenager and her boyfriend at Hope Medical.
She was young. He was paying his way through college. She wasn’t ready. Neither was he. You could feel the fear and anxiety of anticipation hanging in the room, and it struck me- How could I, someone who had never walked in those shoes, possibly understand how to help them??
The truth is, I can’t. I can’t take their feelings of pain and fear away. I can’t turn back time to when they were having sex, and persuade them to choose differently. I can’t put myself in their place, and in their heads, and figure out the EXACT thing that they need to hear in order to feel at peace.
But that’s why we have the Holy Spirit.
There is a reason that Jesus sent us an Advocate. He knew that we needed a Helper, a
voice to listen to when we didn’t know what to do or say. Without Him, we run the risk of missing a pivotal opportunity to be a light in the darkest place: hopelessness.
I may not know what it is like to be pregnant, unmarried, and unemployed, but I do know what it’s like to despair. What it is like to feel stuck, to feel trapped, to feel empty and immobile and powerless over the situation. And I also know that with Christ, it is possible to find hope even in the most devastating of situations. We have an opportunity here at Hope Medical to do just that. But we need help to do that effectively.
I think it is important to remind ourselves that alone, we can’t do much of anything. But when the Holy Spirit brings us together as a community, we walk together as the Body of Christ. Each member has something they can bring to the table. Every aspect is important and valuable. I may not understand the struggles of unplanned pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean I have nothing to give. I am a young woman who understands the struggles of chastity and the pressures towards sexual activity in our culture. And in His perfect design, God allows each of us to be participants, in our own unique way.
It’s important to ask ourselves, “What am I doing to be the Body of Christ? How is God calling me to fill a role that has been uniquely designed for me?”
I encourage you to reflect on yourself today. Maybe you think you have no gifts to bring, or maybe you have detached yourself from the reality that YOU are God’s hands and feet. Don’t discount the fact that what YOU do matters! You may feel small in the grand scheme of things, but there is no big picture without all the little pieces coming together. The Holy Spirit unites us together to bring hope to life.
We at Hope Medical know abortion is easy to come by, we have Planned Parenthood just down the street, but all life is precious, and our goal with the help of the Spirit is to provide people in crisis a better solution.
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