I recently spent some time with a youth worker friend who shared an amazing story with me. So beautiful, this story, so clear an evidence of the hand of God, that I’m compelled to share it with you.
This youth leader friend, along with a few students, stopped into a large youth event that was already underway. They arrived just as a 16-year-old overcame her nerves and took the stage to share her conviction that life is precious to God. Her words carried into the convention center, across the crowd of 1500 people to another girl who stood at the back. Not registered for the conference, this second girl stood with her youth leader who brought her with the stated motive of hearing the student on the stage. They were in the room for only a few minutes.
The student on the stage spoke from the heart, and left the stage believing that the greatest victory was having spoken in front of a large crowd in spite of her nerves, the lights and the microphone. It was not.
The girl in the back, standing with her youth leader on this “quick stop” at the conference, was pregnant. For all of the reasons you’d expect, she was taking steps toward having an abortion – she was young, her whole future ahead of her. The message from the girl on the stage – that life is precious to God – changed her mind.
The message that life is precious to God changed her mind.
It wasn’t the sort of pro-life message you typically might hear directed at people like this pregnant teenager. There were no signs. There was no anger. Simple, honest statement that God’s love is for each and every person compelled one teenager to overcome her fears and speak the truth. Every life is precious to God. It was life changing. And a precious-to-God baby girl is in the arms of a loving family today as a result.
Yes, the law of the land allows a different choice. The pressures on pregnant girls are huge and come from all sides. If you’re not sure what that looks like in reality, take a look at an episode or two of MTVs 16 and Pregnant. Each pregnant teenager’s situation is different, but they are faced with the same reality. Something blanket doctrinal and political statements are incapable of considering.
The teenager speaking from the stage thought her victory was overcoming her fear of the situation. She didn’t know the girl in the back, or that her words were going to be used by God to preserve a precious life, to change a person’s heart, to change the world just a little bit. Every word spoken with love has that power.