Going to Nepal on my second mission trip was just as humbling as the first trip, maybe even more so. The picture above shows how our group was greeted by the kids of the school. We had just arrived and hadn't even done anything yet.
Here is my dairy entry for the day.
Day 1 at the school
Day 1 we had heaps of fun.
We were greeted like celebrities or royalty by the kids.
All of them clapping and screaming with joy that we had arrived. Many of them had made flower necklaces and put them round our necks as we walked through the gate of the school.
Those same emotions came up from my last visit to Nepal
Why am I here?
What have I done to deserve such a warm reception?
I don’t deserve your admiration
I just wanted to go into a room hide and sob like a baby, but I managed to keep my composure... only just.
Is this not how Jesus treats us when we come to him?
Does he not adorn us with flowers of grace?
And welcome us with the greatest of joy and laughter?
We are not his bride, the one he’s been waiting for?
Ezekiel 16:11 comes to mind here.
What I saw in those kids faces was a picture of Jesus.
Ezekiel 16:11 I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck
How do you picture Jesus? Is he welcoming you with open arms? Reflect on this verse: