A Red Piano, A Little Ballerina, and A Beautiful Butterfly
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…Proverbs 17:22
For some time, Regina and I have been looking and asking God for a piano. There are many reasons for this, but a continuation of making our home a habitation for God is first and foremost, desiring our home to be an altar and our family to worship together, catching the Sounds of Heaven. Never ceasing to be amazed at God’s faithfulness, a dear brother and friend, Dave Cates, found a beautiful piano and delivered it to our house!
I wasted no time! Immediately, I sat at the piano, though slightly out of tune, and began to worship, Gina and I began singing random songs. Nothing can match the raw, authentic sound of an acoustic piano, with its sound reverberating against the tile floors and bouncing off the walls throughout the entire house. I LOVE IT! I want these constant vibrations of this piano to saturate our home and for our children to see their mommy and daddy worship at the altar of God, in our home, just as much as on the platform.
Just then, out of the corner of my eye, I caught a glimpse of Faith-Tuesday twirling. My heart overjoyed as she danced before God! Often wanting to literally pinch myself, as my life seems like a fairytale, I marveled in our family, a picture of the rescue of Jesus, yes, having our share of struggles like everyone, but having experienced the constant saving grace of God. Gathered around this beautiful red piano in our living room, we worshipped before the throne of God!
For those of you who don’t know, we adopted both of our children. Both born into horrific situations but snatched from the grips of hell by God! Where the enemy wanted Faith-Tuesday to be orphaned and helpless, here she stands, a beautiful little ballerina, dancing in the Presence of God. As I watch her spinning before Jesus, in my heart, I was taken back to a prophetic word spoken over her.
“This little Faith-Tuesday will be wrapped up with a bow and given to you…you won’t even have to work for it…she will be a gift…
This little one will be like a ballerina in a snow globe…when you worship, Jason, the snow will fall and she will dance. She will dance as you worship…”
This red piano, given by God, instantly began to give access to the very promises, He has given in our lives as a family!
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in the presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
Faith-Tuesday is truly our gift. So many times, when people hear we adopted her, they say, “She is truly blessed to have gotten you guys as her family.” While we appreciate all of these kind words and completely understand the intentions, we are the blessed ones
With not enough room in a mere blog to recite all of the miracles in her little five-year-old life, in a nutshell, God truly wrapped her with up with a bow and gave her to us! She stopped breathing at birth; her foster mom at the time tells us how she gasped for air to stay alive. She had a zeal for life before she even had a chance to live.
Also, born with a massive heart murmur, they planned to perform open-heart surgery, to the point of showing Regina where they would cut her open. For this reason, when we adopted her, we named her middle name Borboletta, Portuguese for Butterfly, to prophesy that God would transform her from the inside out, just like the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into the butterfly. Sure enough! God healed her heart! No surgery was needed! Her heart is perfect and she is our little butterfly.
So here I am witnessing the manifestation of the promise of heaven before my very eyes. A little butterfly flying on the winds of Heaven, as I play my red piano!
From when we first adopted her and to this very day, Faith-Tuesday laughs. She laughs at night, as she going to bed. She laughs in the morning when she wakes up. So one day, I asked the Lord about this. He said, “She is your Merry Heart!” Truly God healed her heart, inside and out.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine. I am not sure of your situation today, but one thing is for sure, “In His presence there is fullness of joy!” Dive into His presence, allowing the metamorphosis of your heart to heal you from the inside out and give you the wings of freedom to FLY!