When They Told Her About Us
I found the old rhythm and, though it’s new to me here, I’m just as desperate for it as I was there. Here, I need an escape from nights without power, inches of water on the floor but none from the spigot, and mosquitoes trapped inside the net that’s supposed to protect me from yet another bite. I need moments where I’m reminded that the little annoyances (and sometimes big heart-issues) that have just surfaced in my flock are all a part of a bigger story.
My survival is Him.
Minutes of worship, over the sink or as I try to fall asleep during the loud Kampala night, are my sustenance. The very thing that’s been most-opposed since I’ve been here — adoration — is my lifeline.
Looking at the Man who knows my weakest moments and telling Him how good He is — so simple, yet so easily dropped off my list of important. I start to believe, too, it’s because I’m too busy, too many hungry mouths to feed and broken hearts to mend.
But really it’s because when I adore, He receives glory. And there is a hot-battle against His glory.
Part of my life-of-adoration is telling the story. My story. Their stories. His story. His glory.
To me and back to Him. And, today, to you.
Our little Lily has lived all of her memoried-years as an orphan. We’re witnessing a holy regression, as this child we’ve allowed to be infant learns, for the first time, how to receive love from a mommy and daddy. It’s messy. And it’s wonderful. It’s an honor to dress the wounds of one who doesn’t yet know she’s wounded.
One of her sweet surrogates put together this video* of when they first told her she had a family coming for her. You will see a few minutes of her responses to a photo book we sent, and then a few minutes of photographs and a letter from this child who, days before, was orphan-clad — but here has just begun to know steady food, clean clothing and kisses from another. All in preparation for her family.
The Father left his 99 in pursuit of this one little lamb.
And for this we adore Him.
(to view the video, make sure you’re viewing on EBTIS.com)
He is a good Daddy.
**The music Mandie Joy used for this video is from Jon Thurlow’s Strong Love Album. Friends, if you have not yet purchased a Thurlow CD …it’s a must to add to your collection. His music takes my gaze higher.