At Gabriel's Corner, we believe God formed every creature on this planet with a special area of expertise. Some animals run, some hop, some swim, some burrow, and some fly. Each has a particular role to play based on the way they were shaped by God. The same is true with humans. Each of us was uniquely designed, or "shaped" to do certain things.
Before architects design any new building they first ask, "What will be its purpose? How will it be used?" The intended function always determines the form of the building.
Before God created you, He decided what role He wanted you to play on earth. He planned exactly how He wanted you to serve him, and then He shaped you for those tasks. You are the way you are because you were made for a specific ministry.
The Bible says, "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works" (Ephesians 2:10, NIV). Our English word "poem" comes from this Greek word translated "workmanship." You're God's hand-crafted work of art. You're not an assembly-line product, mass-produced without thought. You're a custom designed, one-of-a kind, original masterpiece.
God loves you and deliberately shaped and formed you to serve Him in a way that makes your ministry unique. He carefully mixed the DNA recipe that created you. David praised God for this incredible personal attention to detail God gave in designing each of us: "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous" (Psalm 139:13-14, NLT).
Not only did God shape you before your birth, He planned every day of your life to support his shaping process. David continues, "Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed" (Psalm 139:16, NLT).
This means nothing that happens in your life is insignificant or accidental. God uses all of it to mold you for your ministry to others, and shape you for your service to Him.
God never wastes anything. He would not give you abilities, interests, talents, gifts, personality, and life experiences unless He intended to use them for his glory. By identifying and understanding these factors you can discover God's will for your life.
The Bible says you are "wonderfully complex." You're a combination of many different factors: "The people I have shaped for myself will broadcast my praises." (Isaiah 43:21, NJB)
Okay, so what does all of this mean to you? If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you should know that God loves you and He wants what is best for you. And, just as God created you, He created the child that is living and growing in your womb. This pregnancy, your life and your child's life are not accidents. God has good plans for you and your child. He wants to give you both hope and a good future.
You should also know, despite how it seems right now, this pregnancy is part of God's purpose and plan for your life. For starters, He wants to draw you closer to Him. "We are under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened tha we might not rely on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead." 1 Corinthians 1:8-9).
He is also preparing you to minister to others. He may call you to share your story with other pregnant women as a source of hope and encouragement. He may call you to write or speak about your experience. He may place in your hear the desire to counsel other young adults. Or, your ministry work may be closer to home -- sharing your faith with your child, your child's father, your friends, your parents, your siblings, and others. All you have to do is trust in the Lord and you will soon see the good that will come from this experience.
Below are some encouraging words from the bible:
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Psalm 32:8 I will insturct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 6:25-27 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more important than food and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Psalm 121:1-2 I lift my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Ephesians 5:17 So do not be foolish with your lives. But, learn what the Lord wants you to do.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.