Nora was still undecided about her pregnancy when she and her husband arrived at our center for her ultrasound appointment. She had a 16-month-old son, and didn’t think she could handle having another baby this soon. Her little boy cried and cried during the scan. Nora’s husband tried to comfort him, but he was inconsolable. Nora was stressed! We reassured them that their feelings of being overwhelmed are completely understandable, and encouraged them that it wouldn’t be this hard forever. In the midst of the noise and tension that day, Nora and her husband were able to see their 7-week-old baby. It gave them reason to pause and to think. After some time, the mom said, “I would like to continue the pregnancy.” Praise Jesus!
We encourage each of our crisis pregnancy clients to slow down and take their time in deciding what to do next. We help them gather truthful information about their options and to think carefully through the obstacles they might be facing. We let them know of the free resources we and our fellow nonprofits have for them which can help them address the obstacles in a wholesome, healthy way.
Calmness and patience serve our clients much better than being frazzled or rushed. James 5:7-8 says, “See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient.” Friends – patience in the face of overwhelming circumstances is not only precious and godly…in the case of our clients like Nora and her husband who experienced an unplanned pregnancy, patience can be life-giving.