One step closer

As I walked up and down the streets of the red light district of Chiang Mai I prayed for the girls that work day after day selling themselves to foreigners that go there for the prominent sex tourism. I see young Thai girls walking with older white males, I see bars that advertise women as a product, and I feel the emptiness of the lifestyle of these women.

As I pray, I sometimes get songs that come to mind and I believe that God places songs on my heart as a way of speaking to me especially while prayer walking areas with a lot of prostitution. Today the song “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri was playing over and over in my head; I had heard it a few times earlier in the day in the coffee shop while I was working there. This time when I was hearing this song in my head it felt like God was saying the lyrics to the girls that work at the bars and He was saying the lyrics to me.

They are as beautiful as they are true.

Let these lyrics resonate with you as you apply them to your own life.

I have died every day waiting for you, Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you for a thousand years, Ill love you for a thousand more.

Time stands still, beauty in all she is, I will be brave, I will not let anything take away what’s standing in front of me, every breath, every hour has come to this. One step closer.

And all along I believed I would find you, time has brought your heart to me. I have loved you for a thousand years; I’ll love you for a thousand more. One step closer.

Every time my team and I go out to prayer walk the streets of the red light district I believe we are getting one step closer to helping the girls realize that their “Daddy God” has loved them for a thousand years and is just waiting for them to come one step closer to Him and that no matter what He will continue to love them for thousands more.

It is so beautiful to think that God pursues us like this; He is waiting every day for us to come just one step closer to Him because it is there that we find the complete love and acceptance we are looking for.

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