MBCH Children and Family Ministries
Two Pink Lines
By Jennifer Garland, MSW, LCSW Family Resource Development/Pregnancy Services Supervisor
Two pink lines – confirming what she already knew, she has been here before. Tears fall down her face as the knots in her stomach become overwhelming. This is a happy time, a blessing, but in this moment the fear is too overwhelming to allow her mind to go to a place of feeling the Lord’s hand in this. She has other children that mean the world to her and a husband of nearly twenty years. She has a degree, a job, a home, transportation, and is able to meet the needs of her family.
Despite being blessed in many ways, the idea of welcoming another child to her family causes heart racing fear; she questions everything. “How will we provide for another child?” “Am I a good enough mother to care for another baby?” “We do not have space for another child!” “There is too much going on with my family!” “Our families will be nasty to us because they told us last time we had too many children.” “Everyone knows our hands are full.”
As the days and weeks pass, the reality settles in and prayers for strength are answered with gentle reminders that everything works out according to God’s perfect plan and timing. The pregnancy is revealed to those around as the growing abdomen makes it impossible to keep the news private. There are supportive people and those that are not so supportive.
As the pregnancy progresses, the excitement of hearing the heartbeat of a tiny life being formed in the womb can be heard. The baby is viewed on an ultrasound screen, the gender is revealed, the kicks and movements become noticeable. She is able to remember that she has been here before too and everything always works out. She falls deeper in love with the child that God has sent her and anticipation of the sweet baby becomes so overwhelming that she feels her heart could burst.
The excitement of expecting this unexpected little blessing is present and a calming presence is felt all around. As the little life continues to grow, her mom is glowing and the happiness is visible by everyone who sees her. God is good!
Many mothers are able to relate to the feelings and emotions experienced by this mother. Clients served in our Pregnancy Services program are similar, yet different. They may not have a spouse, a home, a degree, a job or access to reliable transportation but they understand the shock of being faced with an unplanned pregnancy.
In this program we are given the opportunity to live out our mission with every mother, family, and unborn child we get to meet.
Recently we were able to serve a client with a very similar, yet very different pregnancy experience. She too saw those two little pink lines, her heart froze in fear, the tears fell, and the knots in her stomach grew. The questions in her mind were there. “How will I tell him?” “I don’t even have a place to live, where will my baby live?” “I don’t have any food to eat to nourish a baby!” “I am only nineteen!”
God lead her to MBCH Children and Family Ministries. We were able to take her to a clinic to see the beating heart of her baby on an ultrasound. Tears streamed down her face, this little one was counting on her but she was homeless, hungry, and alone. She felt hopeless. The pregnancy services staff was able to live out the gospel.
Matthew 25:35-40 tells us, “‘for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”
We are reminded of the most famous unplanned pregnancy in history. There were no pink lines, but an angel to tell her she was expecting. She too froze in fear and had questions. “How is this possible? I have not had relations with a man!” “People will not believe me.”
There were no medical appointments or ultrasounds. Walking by faith, she was able to come to terms with her unexpected blessing and find excitement in the anticipation of the greatest gift growing within her.
When considering the sanctity of human life, may we always remember that one unplanned pregnancy saved us all. While those little pink lines will stop anyone in their tracks, may we never lose sight of the enormity of blessing within those lines. It is an honor and a blessing to be able to minister to women facing unplanned pregnancies and help them find the handiwork of our Lord growing within their bodies.