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What a Scandalous Teenage Pregnancy Taught Me About God

By: Kristen Clark

She was the good girl. Everybody knew it. She had a great reputation with her family and friends. She was respected and held up as a great example for younger girls to look up to.

Then, the unimaginable happened.

After visiting some relatives in a far away city, she arrived back home with some unexpected news. Some shocking news.

She was pregnant.

Just imagine the rumors and gossip that spread like wildfire across her town.

“SHE is pregnant?!”

“How could SHE, the purest girl of all, get pregnant?!”

“Who’s the father…?”

“Why would SHE do this?!”

Shock. Scandal. Sin.

I’m sure those were the feelings and thoughts that many of her friends and acquaintances had.

And to make the scandal even worse…this pregnant teenage girl told everyone that “God” gave her the baby.

That the pregnancy was a result of the Holy Spirit. That she was still a virgin.

I’m not sure how the town responded to that information…but I’m guessing there was some extreme skepticism. I’m not sure how I would have responded, but it probably would have been along the lines of, “She’s crazy!”

This story is a true one, and it still provokes a lot of debate and questions – even today.

If you haven’t already guessed it, this is the story of how our Savior, Jesus Christ, came into the world.

Even though I’ve heard the “Christmas Story” a hundred times, it still gets me.

When I stop and think about the reality of what Mary went through and experienced, it’s mind blowing. She was just an average, everyday girl…just like you, just like me.

Her life story is an amazing picture of how amazing and awesome God is. In fact, I’ve been personally challenged and encouraged by the story of this courageous young girl.

Here are a few things I’ve learned about God from this intriguing and unusual story.

1. God’s ways are not our ways.

The true story of Mary reminds us that God’s ways are not always our ways. His thoughts are higher than ours. His plans are greater than ours.

I’m sure Mary wouldn’t have chosen the path of, what appeared to be, a scandalous teenage pregnancy for herself. But God had a plan and a purpose in that. He purposely chose an unmarried virgin so that baby Jesus could be miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit. And since Mary had a pure and honorable reputation, her story was probably a little more believable.

I wonder if Mary was encouraged by Isaiah 55:8-9 which says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

God ways are not our ways, and we can take comfort in that truth when things don’t go as planned.

2. God’s timing is perfect.

When you read Mary’s story in the gospels, you might start to wonder if God’s timing was right.

A premarital pregnancy, a shocked fiance, traveling many miles across the land while over 8 months pregnant, giving birth in a dirty, smelly stable??

Wow.

The timing sounds…well…crazy, right? But. God. Knew.

God knew the perfect Savior had to be conceived by a virgin. God knew this new baby would need an earthly father shortly thereafter, so He timed it perfectly with Joseph. God knew Jesus had to be born in Bethlehem, “the city of David” to fulfill the Old Testament prophecy about the Messiah.

God knew, and His timing was perfect. Mary and Joseph trusted in God’s timing, even when they couldn’t see the big picture.

3. God can be trusted.

The most amazing example of trust in the Bible (in my opinion) is Mary’s complete and total trust of God’s plan. When the angel (an angel!) suddenly brought Mary the life altering news, she humbly responded by saying, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:38).

Complete and total trust.

She trusted God to work things out with Joseph, her fiance. She trusted God with the reactions from her friends and acquaintances. She trusted God even though her supposedly “scandalous pregnancy” could result in getting stoned to death. She trusted God for her entire future.

God provided. God directed. God made a way. God can be totally and completely trusted.

There are so many amazing truths about God intertwined throughout the story of Mary.

What appeared to be a scandalous teenage pregnancy, turned out to be the most incredible story of God’s faithfulness, direction, plan, and purposes.

I encourage you to read the story of Mary in Luke 1-2 today! See how many new things you learn about God while reading it.

  • What amazes you about Mary’s story?
  • What have you learned about God’s character through her story?

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  • Dolly

    I love the Christmas story. Merry Christmas to all of you!

  • Kate Allred

    What a wonderful way to consider the Christmas story. You really nailed it! Thanks!

  • Elaine

    The thing that amazes me about Mary is that throughout it all, she stayed calm and trusted in God. Can you imagine what it must have been like for her, conceiving a baby through the Holy Spirit and still a virgin? I can’t think of any words to describe what it must have been like. And yet through it all, Mary remained calm, trusted and believed. She must have been an incredible young woman. Of course that doesn’t mean we are to worship her instead of Jesus, but she is a wonderful example of a Godly woman.

  • Brilliant retelling of the Christmas story! This generation needs to hear biblical truths from a perspective they can relate to and you did an excellent job! What inspiring application! Merry Christmas to you!

  • Grace

    This is beautiful. Mary, a girl who accepted the gift given by God, who chose to face what was coming her way fearlessly and with determination, who carried the hope of the nation and never once let go.

    This story has helped me understand who God is and why He does the things He does…

    God chooses the meek, the helpless, the insignificant, the unlikely, the thrown out, the hurting, and the lost and makes them great in His mighty Name. He uplifts those who have been thrown to the ground and makes new in the old. He remembers His faithful servants and blesses them abundantly and longingly waits for His lost children to return to Him. He loves those who love Him and loves those who do not. He finds the smallest seed and sows it, waters it and tends to it. He watches the seed grow and become beautiful, its roots digging deeper into rich soil and its branches spreading higher and wider towards the sun under which it was planted.

    And me? He looks upon me even though I am not worthy and calls me His daughter and princess, He loves me and will never let me go.

  • Sheena

    Wonderful wonderful words! Thank you so much. You have no idea how much I needed this at this time in my life. May God bless you

  • Rae

    You wrote the beginning in such a way, that I was able to put this story in my community, like, what if this happened now, and where I am? Made me see this story from a whole new perspective! Thank-you so much.

  • Beautiful devotion. I’ve never seen the story of Mary in the view you open our minds to thinking when you describe it like you have in the beginning. Makes you connect and strive for a deeper understanding and faith of God and His plan for your life.


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