*** The following devotional was taken from wholemagazine.org, published with permission***
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16
“My body, my choice.”
We’ve all heard the argument a million tiresome times. Pro-choice women believe that since a baby resides inside their body, they can choose to murder him or her. They find themselves justified in the ripping of helpless unborn children from their womb. While some lie to themselves, calling their child a clump of cells in order to purge the guilt, others know exactly what they’re doing and proceed with joy.
I’m 26 weeks pregnant. I first felt the movements of my baby boy at 14 weeks of gestation. What once began as little flutters within, only noticeable to me, now causes my belly to jiggle and move for the outside world to see. When I rest my hand upon my stomach, he responds by pushing on it. He kicks at my dog when she lays close. Sometimes he kicks hard; other times it’s as if his hand gently glides across my womb. He lives inside my body, but he is most definitely in control of his own. I don’t control his movements, though I wish I could get him to stop kicking my bladder! Disposing of this little boy’s body is most certainly not my choice.
God is the Creator and sustainer of life — yours, mine, and unborn babies. He alone should choose when a life should depart from this earth. When we take the lives of any human being into our own hands, we shake our fist at the Almighty God and grasp at His throne as if it is ours to take.
Friend, if He has created life in your womb, regardless of the circumstances, I pray you would submit to His will for that little child. I pray you would let go of your supposed “choice” to kill your baby and trust the Creator’s plan instead.
Father, if anyone is reading this and considering abortion, I pray You’d prick their conscience and awaken them to the truth. Help us all to share this truth in grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you have had an abortion, I want you to know there is forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Repent and run to His throne of grace where you will find unending mercy.