Unexpected Places

10 Dec

We were prayer walking a part of the Red Light District in Thailand called Boys Town when it hit me.  Rarely had I felt the presence of the Lord this strong.  My senses immediately perked and I prayed, “What do you want me to do, Lord? Who do you want me to talk to?”  No response.

I waited and looked around. Lining the streets were very young boys, boys dressed like girls, old men sitting with that night’s young purchase, lewdness and vile sexual exploitation.  All of a sudden I understood.

“My heart is here, Amber.”

A new scene played through my mind.  I pictured Pure Love walking the street, familiar with the cry of these eyes. Realizing this wasn’t my imagination, hope for the ending of human trafficking became alive.  The King of the earth is the King of justice. Jesus–who showed up healing on the Sabbath, touching lepers, holding kids, teaching the poor and making peace with harlots–has never left us.

Who is this King?

I don’t fully know, but I do know where to find Him. He’s not with the Pharisees. He’s with the outcasts. So when we pray, “we want to be with You where You are,” we can confidently look to unexpected places to find He’s already there. It looks like the inner cities, the fatherless, precious ones with special needs, the poor and the broken.  His glory is all around us.

...He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted....

…He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted….

...to proclaim freedom for the captives...

…to proclaim freedom for the captives…

...and release from darkness for the prisoners (Isaiah 61).

…and release from darkness for the prisoners (Isaiah 61).

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3 Responses to “Unexpected Places”

  1. eileen rae December 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    It all sounds so awful and hopeless. How did you cope?

    • amberhelms December 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

      knowing that Jesus is coming back to earth to make wrong things right…we need a king powerful and good enough to judge rightly and put things back in order…and He will! seriously, some things are a mess without Him here…

  2. Ann December 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Sweet blog

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