I am in constant pursuit of the perfect image. A story told through the capture of a singular moment in time. Sometimes the pursuit is brought about by clients who hire me to go tell their story, and other times it’s a personal quest. Either way the goal remans the same, and the lengths to which I will go know no end.
This trip for Seed Effect went as follows: DFW to AMS to KGL to EBB to Kajjansi to RUA to Nimule to Kajo Keji to RUA to Kajjansi to EBB to AMS and finally back to DFW. 11 legs and 48 hours of travel each way to capture a story that is as old as the earth; the human struggle and God’s unfailing love.
And on this trip it occurred to me the amazing parallel that was happening. I was quite literally traveling to the far reaches of the earth to capture stories of God moving heaven and earth to pursue His people everywhere. The LORD has given us all the privilege of being His hands and feet. He has given each one of us very different gifts… in so many different capacities. But the fact remains; God pursues His people relentlessly. And sometimes we get to see it first hand.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
God never promises that we will not experience horrible trouble on this earth. But He does promise us a hope in the midst of trials and hardships.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
The people we met in South Sudan are a part of this amazing story about the God of the universe pursuing His people. We met countless Seed Effect clients whose stories are difficult and heartbreaking. But the ones who have encountered Jesus all had the same hope. Hope in something much bigger than their circumstances. Living water for all of our souls.
The book of Hosea is beautiful analogy of this great love. The ESV study bible says this…
Hosea depicts Israel’s unfaithfulness with a number of images from family and nature. Israel is like: a promiscuous wife, an indifferent mother, an illegitimate child, an ungrateful son, a stubborn heifer, a silly dove, a luxuriant vine, and grapes in the wilderness. Yet Israel’s unfaithfulness and obstinacy are not enough to exhaust God’s redeeming love that outstrips the human capacity to comprehend.
I am thankful to have the opportunity to take a very small part in this great love story. And to see God’s pursuit of us every day in my own life, and in the lives of people all over the world. To Him be the glory!
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