This morning, I was sitting on the front porch. The mornings here in India are quiet and sweet. The air has a special scent, and the cattle graze along the dusty fields. There was a wild horse aimlessly walking across the field this morning, and it reminded me of the Holy Spirit. I was full of His peace, if only I could have lingered there. After breakfast I lead a devotional for about thirty adults in the ministry, and all of Neelam’s kids.( I love the children with all of my being. ) Today’s devotional was focused on Psalm 34:8 “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” It is quite a simple verse, but quite powerful. To taste and see, to tangibly experience the goodness of God in every moment, to embrace His presence continually. This verse continually lingers on my heart, and I continually strive to live it out. I pray that I spiritually grow so close to Him that I recognize His presence in each moment, being, and day. I loved sharing this wisdom that the Spirit has put on my heart.
After devotions we went to the orphanage, Neelam’s Kids, and spent time kissing, hugging and loving all of the children. Their faces give me such joy, and my attachment to them is going to be so difficult to let go of tomorrow morning when we say goodbye. This afternoon I had the opportunity to lead the younger children through an arts activity. I am an artist, and I have been an art teacher as well for the last three years. I believe art is healing, especially for children. When the two come together, anything is possible. There were about 40 children sitting together waiting for my directions. My team and I gave them large pieces of paper to share, and lots of paint. I asked the children to close their eyes, to imagine a beautiful place. This place had sunshine and they were very happy here. After they opened their eyes I asked the children to paint the beautiful place they created in there minds. At first they were hesitant, but before I new it the most beautiful creations were flowing from their fingertips. I loved being apart of this experience with them. I would love to come back to India and create even more artwork with them.
All of these children are innocent messages of the Holy Spirit. I know He is trying to reveal himself to me in the gentlest of ways. In the eyes, and the artwork of these little ones. If only I could pay attention just a little bit better, if I can discipline myself to focus on being present. ‘To see that the Lord is good!’ I love India, I love the people and food. I love serving here, I love experiencing God here. I am so grateful for every moment of this day, although I didn’t appreciate every one, I appreciated all I could with the best of my abilities. Tomorrow is a new day to delight in Him and His goodness, I never know what great thing he will do next.