Our friends, the Lyons family, had a prior engagement and we decided to go out to eat as a family since our daughter, Jadyn, was having a rough day. Every once and while she just gets into a funk (like we all do) and this day it was another assault on her identity and security. As a result of her adoption and being ‘different’ than her family, a lot of the lies that come at her precious heart are about her belonging. She had gotten in trouble about something silly and instead of letting it go, she was dwelling on it and agreeing with the ridiculous lies that were assaulting her heart, lies that were telling her that our family would be better off without her. She was battling tears of anger and frustration, unable to forgive herself, and as Dave was consoling her, I was in the other room battling tears of sadness and for my daughter whom we chose, fought for, and deeply loved. Eventually, we were able to calm her down. To change the atmosphere, we told her we’d go out and get some yummy food and some ice cream. On the way out the door she bonked her knee and so we quickly put a band-aid on it, pulled her crazy patterned leggings back over the injury, and jumped in the car.
Not knowing the town too well, we settled on a shopping center with a couple dinner options and a frozen yogurt shop, Razzilicious. After grabbing a burger, we went over to the yogurt shop, piling on unthinkable amounts of treats to the underlying yogurt since it was pay-by-size not weight! Engrossed in our indulgences, we hardly noticed two women that had come in and sat the table next to us until they leaned over and asked if they could share something with our family.
With a little hesitancy, we said yes, and the women proceeded to tell us that they were listening to God and He had spoken to their spirits telling them to come to the yogurt shop at this very time to look for a girl who had checkered pants and a hurt knee. Jadyn looked down at her checkered leggings and then told them that she had hurt her knee on the way to dinner. The women had also been given a vision of tiny baby bracelet and tears welled in my eyes because the entire time we lived in Uganda fighting for Jadyn’s adoption in 2007, she wore a tiny beaded bracelet around her little 8-month-old wrist. The women then asked if they could pray for Jadyn and they lavished her with love, truth, and reminders of her chosen position as a beloved daughter of the Most High King. Jadyn was beaming! Dave and I hugged them, thanking them for their obedience.
As we left the yogurt shop and walked back to our car on that crisp March night, the four of us relished in the way God holds nothing back in the ways He comes after us. We run. He chases us. We agree with the lies the enemy spits at us. He sends His people to speak Truth over us. We belittle ourselves. He wipes away the unstable foundation and builds us back up on His foundation of Love. He sent two strangers to a yogurt shop on a Tuesday night in March 2016 to tell a nine-year-old girl how loved and important she was! It sounds crazy, I know, but He really is that crazy for all of us! He stops at nothing to chase after us and remind us, His kids, how loved and beloved we really are!!!
Morgan is a storyteller at heart. After running an NGO in Uganda for 7 years, she and her husband, Dave, currently record a weekly podcast called Chasing Unicorns, produce and host The FIND series, run the CB Ideas design agency, and mange Yes& Collective. Morgan also co-authored the newly released children’s book, The Girl Chronicles: A Story of Good. She’s a mom to two middle schoolers, Asher & Jadyn, and so when she’s not driving them around, she fills herself up with yoga, reading, air-popped popcorn, and all things coconut flavored. IG: @MorganHansow & @HansowFamily www.HansowFamily.com