Love is hard to understand. It is hard to explain and can be complicated. Here in Kenya, far from family, friends, and the familiar, it can take a minute to adjust to how God is showing His love; but if you are looking for it, and are open to seeing it in new ways, you will soon find that His love is truly greater than we can imagine. For us, Hannah and Cassie, God has been using Kenya to teach us more about His love.
For the first few days, I (Cassie) felt like I couldn’t feel God’s love here. I realized feeling God’s love is a choice. We have to choose to open ourselves up to take the love the way He is offering it. Since then, I’ve seen His love in lots of things that I would’ve missed out on. I feel God pour His love over me when I see a rainbow in the cloudy sky. The vibrant colors remind me that even thousands of miles away from home, His promises are true. I feel God’s love when our team asks God to whisper to the chef that we want beans for dinner (because they are the best dang beans we’ve ever had), and then we have beans for dinner! I feel God’s love when our host looks into my eyes and says “Thank you, sister, for taking the time to be with us.” God’s love is a promise we can stand firm on; “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Conversely, I (Hannah) came into this internship with a strong knowledge of the fact that God does love me, and He shows me His love all the time and in all kinds of ways; however, I was not expecting God to reveal to me a whole new side of His love for me and for His people on this trip to Kenya. Before I came here, God often showed me love through certain people over time and getting to know them. In Kenya, I have known these people for only a couple of weeks and I already feel as though God’s love is basically radiating from them. God is showing me that no language, no amount of time, or age can limit God showing us love. He showed me this idea of limitless love most recently in the form of a little Kenyan girl. She sat on my lap during church, held my hand, and smiled really big every time I looked down at her. There really is no end to God’s love for us, and there is no limit in the way He can show His love to us. “The faithful love of the Lord never ends!” Lamentations 3:22
God’s love doesn’t always look the way we expect it to. It doesn’t always look like big gestures; it isn’t always flashy. We can choose to see God’s love, because the reality is that we are constantly surrounded by it. God loves me, and He loves you, too. You just have to choose to feel it.
-Hannah and Cassie