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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Court.....or not.....


As you can see Esther was not too concerned about court.  I was reading The Message version of Psalm 91 this morning and took it to heart when it states, "Say this:  GOD, you're my refuge.  I trust in you and I'm safe."  I can hardly imagine the beam on God's countenance as He gazes at us with the same affection He has for His Son,


I will trust and not be afraid, even from secret night time attacks from little lizards in the bathroom.


Not only will my feet not strike against a stone, they will look good bringing Good News.


And God is so good at scheduling He can coordinate two Iowans meeting at an orphanage in Uganda.  Here is a professor from Iowa State who "just so happened" to be here, and has known Esther for years. She told me Esther was so malnourished and traumatized she could not even move when she was first found.  She said were it not for Daniel Esther would not be alive.   Then she gave me the best dreadlock tip:  honey.  Mix some honey with your product to help seal the deal.  Marcelo will be thrilled.


So we got Queen Esther all dressed up for court.


And I had these shoes I found on a clearance rack.  (for Iowans it's very important that we state how cheap something was that we bought, especially if it is super cute.  "I paid a quarter for this at a garage sale and then used a half off coupon," is how we brag about our awesome frugalness.  It would NOT be okay to state, "I paid full price for these bad boys just because I thought they were adorable.")


So in all our fancy pants goodness (it's important to me that you know I found this dress much later on that matched the clearance rack shoes PERFECTLY) we set off to court with our back saving stroller.
And we sat at court and waited and waited.....and Esther started to cry in a way I had only heard her do once before when she was choking on something.  Then I realized......shoes are an acquired taste.  She had never worn shoes in her life.  And as soon as I took them off.....she was happy!!!!


But this is Africa, and the judge had a relative who died, so he went to the burial and never did show up in court.  But the good news is we found some American coffee.....and Sebastian was able to teach Esther an important life skill on the way home.....

Texting.

So prayerfully court tomorrow or Friday seeing as Brad has to be physically present at court and his plane leaves Saturday.  I'll end with the grand finale of Psalm 91 in the Message paraphrase:  "If you'll hold on to me for dear life, says God, I'll get you out of any trouble.  I'll give you the best of care if you'll only get to know and trust me.  Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times; I'll rescue you, then throw you a party.  I'll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!"  

We were planning on throwing Esther a good-bye orphanage party tomorrow......here's to a long drink of FREEEEEEEEEDOM in Jesus Name!!!!

5 comments:

Ashton said...

I was in Uganda just a few days ago for two weeks loving your sweet girl {and the many others} I cannot wait to see how Esther just excels with her family! She is so, so precious.
Praying that court goes smoothly!
Ashton

Beth : ) said...

Jenny, I am reading around the same area and a few days ago came across Psalm 89:15-18, and it perfectly describes YOU!(I found it in the Message for you, but originally I found it in NIV and either way, it's who God has made you to be!! And I love her!)

Blessed are the people who know the passwords of praise, who shout on parade in the bright presence of God.
Delighted, they dance all day long; they know who you are, what you do—they can't keep it quiet!
Your vibrant beauty has gotten inside us—
you've been so good to us! We're walking on air!
All we are and have we owe to God, Holy God of Israel, our King

Heather said...

Psalm 91 has become my life passage. I was in a horrible accident, in which I could and should have died. This passage was read at church and God clearly spoke to me, "see, my angels broke your fall." I'm so glad you found comfort in it, too! Praying that court goes as planned tomorrow!

Heather said...

Psalm 91 speaks volumes to me. I was in a horrible accident in which I could and should have died. This passage was read at church. God clearly said to me, "see, my angels broke your fall." I am so glad you have found comfort in it also! Praying that court goes as planned tomorrow!!!

Debbie said...

I am praying for Esther's freedom!