Sunday, June 1, 2014

When faith goes to the market...

 always takes a basket.
                 ~ L.B. Cowman

Once again, it was a cool and overcast day here in Bulgaria, and, once again, we spent the morning traipsing through the park and then making a quick trip to the grocery store to stock up on some much-needed essentials, namely diapers and coke zero. We also got a few bananas, more baby food, and juice boxes!

No more tears out of my girl when we go to the store now. She knows it's a good thing and is especially animated when she sees me filling our basket with juice boxes. She often squeals in delight, and I am very accustomed to getting several stares when we are walking up and down the aisles.

It's incredibly encouraging to see the transformation that is happening already in this spunky brown-eyed girl of mine. The shy, reserved, and timid little girl that I carried out of those orphanage doors last Monday is slowly coming out of her shell. As I pushed her through the store today, she happily rattled off {to no one in particular} a slew of English words {mixed in with a few Bulgarian ones} that she's already learned. Good morning. Good bye. Bravo. Sunglasses. Dolly. Bravo. It's OK! That last one is probably my favorite. She hears me say those words to her often, especially when she's fussing in the elevator or crying when I am blow-drying her hair. And sometimes, like when I was lost yesterday, I speak them to myself...

And, for the most part, it is ok! We are doing well, and the days are passing somewhat quickly. Almost every afternoon we look forward to FaceTime with Will and whichever of the kids are home. Faith Ana and Evie are quite funny blowing kisses to each other, and I like to see the smile on Will's face when Faith Ana says "dada." Yesterday, we could hear Haddon fussing in the background, and as I was talking to him, out of the blue, Faith Ana jumped in and started saying "it's ok" in a sweet, little voice. I'm looking forward to seeing how she interacts with the other children!

Later in the morning, with our stroller loaded down with our grocery store goodies, we found a quiet spot to sit in the park and enjoy a snack. Faith Ana watched in delight as an older man pulled out a loaf of bread from his bicycle basket and started feeding the birds right in front of us. The sound of her laughter is contagious and, again, I found myself humbled by the privilege of watching a child experience something for the very first time.

As we watched the birds gather, I thought about how Jesus talked about something similar. And I thanked Him for a visual reminder, right here at my feet, of His continued faithfulness.

For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

...But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you. O men of little faith? Do not be anxious then, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "With what shall we clothe ourselves?"

...for your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things...
       ~ Matthew 6:25-26, 30-32

Thanking my Father this morning that He knows what we need and is faithfully providing! 


P.S. And, just in case you were wondering {Will}, we stayed in close proximity to the beautiful cathedral this entire morning.  Lord-willing, no more getting lost, and today I was purposeful to always keep that golden cross in sight...

This afternoon, we might venture back to the cathedral and even see if we can get inside the beautiful Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. I've yet to see a way in without climbing a bunch of stairs, but I might just have to get Faith Ana out and carry her! :) I'll be sure to let you know how it goes! Happy Sunday!

1 comment:

  1. There is a ramp at the church, but the door was locked. My mom ended up going inside while we waited outside the door and they opened it up specifically for us. Good, is beautiful inside.