Twenty-seven years and nine months ago, a scared, 14 year old girl found out she was going to have a baby. How? She asked herself. I had only done “it” once. How could this be? She didn’t know what to do. She was too scared to tell her three siblings or her parents. She was a freshmen in high school. She decided she’d have an abortion. She actually walked in the door of an abortion clinic but couldn’t go through with it. As scary as having a baby was, an abortion was scarier. How could she live with herself?
For the next nine months she hid her secret. She told no one she was pregnant. She wore baggy clothes and hid in her room. She made up excuses about not feeling well so she wouldn’t have to go to school. Her Dad made her go jogging with him because he could see she was gaining weight and needed to exercise.
Then, one February day she went into labor. Knowing this was it, she finally decided she had to tell someone. She told her older sister who then went with her to tell her Mom. Everyone was in shock and upset and scared. They hurried to the hospital and, hours later she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.
When the baby’s father found out about him, he decided he wanted nothing to do with him. He couldn’t be his! The father’s family got very angry with the mother and her family and they rarely spoke again. The young girl’s family helped her to raise the baby boy over the years. The baby was very close with his grandparents who eventually took on the role of parents, basically. His mom went on to have a daughter 4 years later and another when the boy was 20 years old. He never met his father.
The baby grew into your typical boy-very into sports and things like that. He got into trouble but was mostly a good kid. He grew into a teenager, did well in high school and was the first in his family to go to college. He was friendly, outgoing, and well-liked. The young man graduated from Florida State University and, after submitting his life to the Lord in 2003, went into the minstry. He married that Fall and has been married four and a half years. He is now the proud father of a son who was named after him.
Today, I am the lucky woman who is married to this boy. Every year on his birthday, I reflect back to the gift Michael’s mom gave to him. I can’t imagine becoming a Mom at age 15. We know and she knows she didn’t always do everything right by Michael. Thanks to help from his grandfather “Grandaddy” and his “Grammie” and the rest of his family, he grew to be an amazing man. I am so thankful that, despite her fear and how easy it would have been to abort him and be done with it, she chose to give him life.
Today, he is handsome, faithful, loving, sacrificial, selfless, giving, thoughtful, helpful and full of life. He is an amazing husband, father, son, brother, friend, and minister. He is loved by so many and has touched so many lives. He has brought countless students to Christ, baptized as many, and has pushed hundreds of students to a deeper commitment to the Lord. He is an eloquent, thoughtful, challenging preacher who I am blown away by each time I hear him bring the Word.
He gives 110% to all of his commitments. He sacrifices so much for the good of others. He is committed to his job, his family and most of all, God’s will in his life.
This Saturday we’ll celebrate the 27th anniversary of the day Michael’s mom gave birth to him and gave him a chance at making the most of life. So thankful he was born and I got to be the one to marry him. If you know someone considering abortion, tell them his story. God has a purpose and plan for every unborn baby.
If you can, leave a comment on how my Michael has touched your life…it will be an amazing birthday gift to him and his mother.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139: 13-16