Lillian.

Everyday I talk to Lillian, she smiles and puts her hands over her mouth because she still finds me, the white auntie, funny. Even if I look at Lillian, she giggles uncontrollably. I love her so good.
I love Lillian’s hugs. I love Lillian’s questions. I love Lillian’s beautiful chocolate eyes. Lillian also loves me. We talk and laugh and play until our bellies hurt from laughing so hard.
Lillian speaks English probably the best out of all the kids and she is no where near the oldest. If you look at Lillian’s school uniform you will see 4 badges. Getting a badge at school means that you scored the highest out of everyone in your class on your exam, this means that out of the 8 subjects and 30 students in her class, Lillian got the highest grade on 4 of those exams. She is so smart and it’s so cool to watch her learn.
The craziest part of Lillian’s story? Lillian came from an extremely destitute situation. The people who run this orphanage only took in the most needy children they could find. Lillian was one of those children. She had one HIV positive mother to take care of her and a grandma who tried dearly but couldn’t provide for sweet Lillian. Had someone not intervened, Lillian probably wouldn’t even be in school today, much less making the highest grades out of anyone in her class.
I can’t help but think…what if Lillian had never been rescued? How many Einsteins are hiding in poverty, just waiting for someone to send them to school?
This reminds so much of what the Father wants to do for us. So many times we are stuck in spiritual poverty because we truly cannot provide for ourselves. We NEED Jesus to rescue us to help us succeed in what He has for us. But what if Lillian’s grandma and very sick mother had said no to help? What if they thought that they could do the best for her? Would Lillian be succeeding today? Maybe…but probably not. Our Savior came to rescue us, bind up the brokenhearted and proclaim freedom for the captives. Guys, we are the captives. We keep ourselves captive SO many times simply because we think that where we are is the best we can be. What a lie from the enemy. 
Lillian inspires me. She knows where she came from and it doesn’t hinder her.
I can’t let my past hinder me anymore.
Jesus wants to use my story and your story and Lillian’s story,
he rescued all of us and he has redeemed all of us to do His will. 
I adore this little lady. So much. 
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