Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Lovesick in India

I’m not sure how old she was, but old. Her cheek wrinkles were piled on top of each other and as she told us about the diarrhea she’s had for a year, her two adult children, both unable to hear or speak, smiled and held our hands. They were happy to have company.

Seeing God’s Heart - what it feels, what it’s passions are, the desires inside, the love it’s made of - has become my main interest in life. 

So I’m in northern India. He keeps trying to fill my life with His love, so I keep letting Him. 

His Heart has looked like a missionary hero holding balloons and pampering us as we stepped off the plane in Thailand. We rested, ate our favorite food, and listened to Him. This space in His heart was glistening gold and full of “You mean so much to Me” whispers. 

Now in India, He’s invited us into small tin huts where families sleep under piles of dirty blankets to stay warm. They smile at the unusual-looking visitors as they allow us to see a part of God’s Heart scripted “TREASURE” largely across their tired faces. 

Today, He brought us into a church on top of a hill, full of wooden pews. The Indian women, dressed in color, listened as we shared the song we’ve been hearing His heart sing: “I’m in love with you.” Together, the Indian women and our team from Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, and the U.S., with our different colors and different faces and different histories, we all leaned and listened to His Heart’s song, in awe of the lyrics He’s writing.  We were glad for the kindness we found in there, and as we looked, love grew inside of us. 

If we’ll look, we can see new depths in His heart. And if we’ll listen, we can hear Him singing: “I’m in love with you. I’m in love with them. I’m in love with everyone.”  
(Zephaniah 3:17
Song of Solomon 1:15)

We left the church and went to a park to share Jesus. Two young men heard and believed the Gospel, then gave their lives to Jesus. His Heart in that park looked like a garden and sun rays and His desire for company. It was beautiful. 

Everything God does is motivated by love. He sent us on a 2-month journey, called it “The Lovesick Evangelism Tour,” keeps encouraging people to join us with prayers and money and faith, and is filling every day with love. He loves loving. 

We’re preaching sermons of His love, we’re playing musical chairs and feeling His delight with kids who He’s made a safe home for, we’re feeling His heart move in these cold tin huts as we pray, we’re watching Him love through each other, we’re experiencing family, and we’re amazed that we get to be His. 

Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth, for Your love is better than wine.
-Song of Solomon 1:2 

Written in Darjeeling and Kalimpung, India