Two pink lines, stark against the white backdrop inside the clear plastic screen.

For those who watch that second line turn a vivid hue of pink, a realization settles in that life is about to forever change. The little screen that indicates whether or not the test is positive is often greeted by bright smiles, perhaps a shrill scream of excitement, and sometimes tears of wonder and joy.

 But what of the teenager behind a tightly locked bathroom door with tears streaming down her cheeks as she watches the results of that white stick on the sink confirm her worst fear? She’s pregnant, and now what is she going to do? She needs to call her boyfriend. How is he going to react? What are her parents going to say? Should she tell them? How will she finish school? How can she expect to live her life now with a baby to interrupt her dreams and plans?

Abortion: the simple answer to all her questions.

She learned at school that so long as it was safe, sex was okay—in fact it was good. Her peers taught her that virginity was only for the totally strange or extremely ugly. And her community offered solutions to unwanted pregnancies. What nobody ever taught her was that the little life in her womb was precious, created on purpose, for a reason. Nobody ever told her that when God formed the tiny embryo nestled securely beneath her beating heart He declared, “it is good.” She didn’t know that it was more than a positive pregnancy test and the option for abortion.

Everyday unmarried girls in our world are faced with those two pink lines. What they so often don’t realize is that there’s a God in heaven who put that life inside of them. Satan knows that life has a purpose, and that God created it with meaning, and you can bet he doesn’t like that. So he whispers lies into their ears and tags their pregnancies with words like shame, an inconvenience, a terrible crisis, a mistake, unwanted. The pressure to end it is great.

Maybe you think I’m radical, but that which God calls good I have no right nor would I dare to call it illegitimate, a crisis, and unwanted.

Unplanned pregnancies are more than just an embryo. They call for more consideration than picketing at the abortion clinic. They require more than space on the endless shelves of politics and cases in the courtroom. What we may term an accident was actually created on purpose. Can we deny God the intentions He planned for that life? Can we attempt to thwart the love He invested in that child?

Life is precious because God created it in His own image and He called it good. Life is precious because God gave it to us; it is a gift.