Walking the streets of New York City, we often pass unnoticed what is really going on around us.
It’s too easy to concentrate only on where we intend to go, focusing only on our own desires. It means letting go of the opportunities God gives us to be a blessing to others and be blessed. This life is not about us, and as children of God, we are anointed and called to teach the good news to the meek, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and proclaim that Jesus Christ is our Comforter.
As I walk through this concrete jungle, I see so many faces and rushed footsteps. I can’t help but think: “Where are they going? What do they live for? How is their life like?” Seeing an emptiness in their eyes, I wonder if anyone knows that there is someone who gave his all for them.
Before my return to New York City, the deepest desire of my heart was to develop the same compassion, tenderness and mercy Jesus expressed in his lifetime. These qualities of Jesus always have captivated me. During my stay in New York, I will need to develop the heart of Jesus to seek opportunities to share the love of our Heavenly Father with the people God puts on my path. Every day that passes, God is perfecting his work and is transforming me according to his character.
I am extremely grateful to the Lord for every single person I have met during my stay in New York. It has only been a month, and I already see how God is working, not only in this city, but in my life as well.
Leilani Estrada-Colima, a recent graduate of the University of Texas Pan-Am, served in New York this summer with Go Now Missions and has returned to New York City to serve as a Go Now semester missionary with Metropolitan New York Baptist Association.