Why Me?!September 9, 2016
Last night while I was on my drive home I received a call from a young lady who was distraught.
She was pregnant! She has no help! She wanted an abortion but couldn’t afford it! Her life is in a mess! She feels alone! The father is physically abusive! She’s angry! She sees no hope! The question of the two hour call was WHY ME?! The anguish she felt flowed violently off her tongue and pierced my heart.
The short answer to that question is sin. The story of this young lady is a common conversation with ladies I work with. The messiness of life. Dreams, hopes, aspirations that seem to not play out in the reality of life as we imagined in our minds. Then the time comes we are face to face with deciding what our next step is, for her, will she parent OR will she make an adoption life plan?
But, haven’t we all been this young lady? Maybe not in an unplanned pregnancy, but rather life in general. Be it through devastating loss, broken families, shattered relationships, financial ruin, natural disasters, sickness, human injustices, and, well………we can fill in the blank with many life circumstances. So how do we move forward?
ANSWER: Submitting to Christ and his Lordship in our lives. In James 4, we are faced with the hard reality of our sinful flesh, kind of a tongue lashing about our sinfulness as James doesn’t mince words or thoughts about sin and our separation from Christ, but he gives a clear directive in verse 7 which states “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
We live in a fallen world. From the moment that sin entered the world we all have suffered from our sinful nature and sin around us. I struggle with my flesh on a daily basis. Sometimes the heartache and pain I’ve face has been so overwhelming, and not necessarily a direct cause of my own sin but sin around me. As I was listening to this sweet girl spill her life story, I couldn’t but help reflect on those times when I’ve asked that very question…..Why Me Lord?
As a child of God, when I am faced with difficulties, my goal is to look at the promises in God’s word and cling tightly to his grace. Sometimes I have to step back and count my blessings. Look at all the ways God has worked his sovereign tapestry in my life. When I look at the underside, it looks so messy, but what the finished product produces is a beautiful piece of art that His hands sewed together in my life. By the way, needles hurt! But they are essential in repairing what is ripped and torn.
For the young lady I spoke about earlier, God could be doing the work of grace through showing his love and grace through the tapestry of adoption. My prayer for her is that she would come to know His love in a personal way and follow His sovereign plan for her life. For me, when life is difficult and I am questioning God, may I remember who I am in comparison to who He is!
What has been your response in the midst of a “Why Me?” moment?
If you find yourself in an unplanned pregnancy situation and you want to talk about if adoption is right for you, I’d love to speak with you.