By: Susan Bea Good
Two, willing to wait…giving their “unexpecteds” nine to get ready for birth. Forty (years)…and four (months)…that’s how long it’s been since two teens became “moms.” Both tempted…but chose the truest selflessness.
While a senior in High School, Ginger became pregnant. Abortion was legalized in America just two years earlier. Had she made that choice, her situation would have been hidden…she could have been spared the immediate consequences of judgment, rejection and public humiliation.
Keslyn also had the option to end a life. The “remedy” for an unplanned child is taken by thousands everyday here in the US. As her relationship ended and other struggles arose, this young woman chose to protect her developing unborn baby.
Both women relinquished their infants for adoption. Both suffered loss. One has realized the longterm outcome of that decision, and the other is just beginning to understand.
With tears spilling out, Keslyn described the still fresh decision to not be “Mom” to her baby girl… “I’m willing to not be OK, so my child can be OK.”
Indeed, it is not “OK” to release a child. It is painful to know that another woman is mothering your baby. It’s not easy to move forward with empty arms. However, it is the greatest of selfless actions…choosing to let your baby be OK!
The future is hopeful for Keslyn…that God will give her a good husband, followed by motherhood. No doubt someday her arms will be full, her house will be sticky, and there won’t be a full night’s sleep for years…her heart will be satisfied!
God has blessed Ginger, with a godly husband, the role of Mom… and now Grandma! In addition, He has given opportunities to walk alongside other women going through aspects of a similar circumstance.
God is gracious. He richly blesses every part of our lives, even the “mistakes”…especially those!
“I appeal to you…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.”