A Woodchip And Faith Like A Child

*This following testimony is going to sound crazy. It’s going to push your beliefs on who God is and what He’s capable of doing, but I woke up this morning with a spirit-check knowing  I had to share the following story.

 

Yesterday, I picked up our kids from school and out of excitement, Jadyn, our 10-year-old daughter shared the miraculous she had just encountered.

 

During morning recess, Jadyn and her best friend Bella were playing when Jadyn picked up a large woodchip from playground and put it in her pocket. With hopeful anticipation she prayed and asked God to do something with it and she and Bella prayed a quick prayer over our family’s finances (as she’s been hearing us pray and ask God at home to open doors for our mission with LGHtv so we can put more of our efforts towards it). She forgot about the woodchip until the last period of the day when she was in reading class. On the way into class she stuck her hand in her pocket and instead of a woodchip she felt paper, which turned out to be a folded-up $20 bill!

 

In the car, Jadyn handed me the $20 bill. I inspected it, no counterfeit there, it was real! The nagging doubt rose up, I get it because I felt it too. I asked questions, “You just found this in your pocket?” “You didn’t accidentally leave a $20 in your pocket?” (Of course, I knew better, I knew for a fact she didn’t have a $20 bill in her possession and I had recently washed her pants AND I check pockets before washing). Everything in me wanted practical answers. We live in a physical world and money popping up in pockets shouldn't be commonplace right? Yes And Yes we live in a physical world And we as believers actually live in His Kingdom here on earth­—a supernatural realm, where the impossible IS possible because He’s character is unchanging. The stories we read in the Bible about His character, miracles, and healings are who He is and what He is about (even today)! If He makes money show up inside the mouth of a fish then certainly making money show up in a young girl’s pocket isn’t farfetched.

 

She answered, “He wants me to know that He hears my prayers and listens to me.”

I asked Jadyn what it meant to her and why she thought God did it and she answered, “He wants me to know that He hears my prayers and listens to me.” You guys, it doesn’t get better than that! He did the miraculous to remind her that she has a Heavenly Daddy who listens to His precious girl and cares about her whole being. She asked with belief and He showed up and with a divine exchange that strengthens her faith and gives her boldness to seek Him who can do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). She’s building a foundation where her belief of God and what He can do is not inside of any manmade boxes. He is preparing her heart and mind to be a world-changer! Jesus’ charge was not to become more adult-like, more practical, more grounded in reality, nope; in fact it was quite the opposite:

 

But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children."  -Matthew 19:14

 

Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. - Matthew 18:3

 

In the same way this miraculous transaction messed with my faith, I hope it messes with yours! I want to see more—more of the miraculous and more hearts alive in hope and anticipation of who our Loving God is and what He is capable of doing. Sisters, we serve the God of the Impossible, a Good Father who will disrupt our limited understanding of reality in order to invade our hearts and minds and establish a new understanding of His character. He is a mystery and His ways are a mystery but I can’t refute the fact that when I start to look at Him through Jadyn’s eyes I get giddy and filled with hope!

 

Lord, change my perspective! Open my eyes to the miraculous. Give me faith the size of a mustard seed. Help me let go of doubt and a need to understand in order to embrace your Kingdom here on earth. Make us Daughters who ask (& believe) for the impossible and then have the boldness to share our testimonies of your faithfulness. Let us have childlike faith and give us childlike eyes so we can have YOUR Kingdom perspective on the natural world!

Redding, CA

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