They are white as snow. I wish I could say I was talking about my friends in the red light district.
My Thai friends recently knit beautiful white scarves for me and my friends as a present. I wish I could say my Thai friends were also white as snow – they are workers in Thailand’s sex industry.
They can be white as snow though. It’s my prayer they will be – that they’ll accept the sacrifice of the One who was slain.
All but one friend hasn’t yet, but it’s a new year and a new chance.
In our weekly English class we talked about our wishes for the New Year. Wishes is easier to translate and say than “New Year’s Resolutions.”
I asked them what they wished for. They answered: more money, more customers, better health and to have their own home.
I told the men and women my New Year’s wish was to grow closer to God this year. He makes us beautiful, I said.
They are beautiful outside, but inside, they are still searching, still lost.
One of my new favorite songs is “Beautiful Things” by Gungor. The song talks about God making a beautiful creation out of us.
“You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us.”
He created us from the dust and we are beautiful because of His Gospel’s transformation in our lives.
He also makes us new.
“You make me new, You are making me new,” the song says.
I pray that this year He will make these men and women new. He can create something beautiful inside of them. They are already beautiful outside and He can make them beautiful inside too.
Beauty comes from the dirty ground. Beauty isn’t instantaneous and it often involved pain. Is beauty worth the pain of transformation for these women and men?
As Gungor’s song says:
“All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all.”
Yes, yes it can. Because He makes beautiful things out of us.
These men and women in the sex industry are beautiful creations of God. He’s working in their hearts and will make them beautiful if they allow Him to make them white as snow.
That’s my prayer, that this year they’ll allow the Lamb who was slain to make them white as snow.
Here’s a link to listen: Beautiful Things