I will never forget the day at church when they announced that every 5 minutes someone in the city experiences an unplanned pregnancy. I remember fighting a combination of tears and utter exasperation all at the same time. Seriously?! Every five minutes someone gets pregnant on accident yet I’ve actively been trying for almost 2 years now with no luck?!
At first I was really angry. I had it out with God. I don’t think I even remember anything from the sermon that day because my mind was racing and my chest was heaving heavily up and down. I was hurt. I didn’t understand why he chose them and not me. God, we're married!!! We finished school and have good jobs and a comfortable home with extra bedrooms, and I mean, why would you withhold something from me that I want so badly and yet you give it to someone unexpectedly?! It just made no sense.
As I distractedly looked through the bulletin that day, I noticed that I could fill a diaper bag with all of the things that a new mom needs in an effort to help and give hope to a woman facing her own struggle. I swallowed big as I realized that to these women, this unplanned pregnancy is just as much of a desert for them as infertility is for me. First of all, they have the stress of deciding what to do about the fact that they are pregnant and deal with the pressure that they might be getting from family, friends, or the father, and if they decide to keep the child, they have to figure out how they are going to provide food and shelter for their child, maybe they need to finish school or get a different job. More likely than not, they are asking God the same questions each of us are - “Why me, God? Is this really what you have planned for me? How could you put me through this? I just don’t understand.”
I’m not trying to get political or controversial here as I don’t think that is really the point. My point is that I think there is something really ironic and beautiful about the barren helping those facing unplanned pregnancy. Last year I went ahead and did some shopping for these women and it was really therapeutic to buy wipes, books and burp rags for someone that was going through a similar yet different kind of trying time in their life, and most importantly, to serve according to God’s call for us as Christians. Galatians 5:13 says, “For you were called to freedom, brothers [and sisters :-)]. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
That says it all, friends. I’m inviting you all to contribute to the Caris drive this year. Instead of being angry at them for their swollen wombs, let's try to show them some grace.
The Moody Church
c/o Amy Kruska
1635 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60614
Items need to arrive by Friday, May 22nd, so for all you Amazon Prime peeps, that means you need to get your order in within a week from today :-) Whatever you can contribute would be wonderful and so greatly appreciated! I hope and pray that this brings you the same joy that it brought me.
Thank you all so much!
Love and prayers,