Grace and Obedience and Sunsets

I don’t know If it is because of the landscape, because this is Africa or just generally I love sunset as one of many themes I use in photography as it gives me (and mostly photographers) an amazing ray of lights, and generally known as the golden hour.

When looking at the skies and in sunsets, I’m reminded by two things:

One. That we are bound to phases, the beginning and the end. That in every morning there are grace that is new and freely given to us. That in every situation there’s an ending, an ending of suffering from a long night of battle. I love that I learned the meaning of grace. I keep reminding myself and the people around me the essence of grace. That just like God, He gives us grace every morning, fresh and warm, so as an unworthy being in a vast galaxy, we too have to extend grace to everyone, especially those that may not be on the same side as ours, culture and understanding.

Being here in Zambia and learning social differences from the Philippines (my home country) sometimes makes me wonder. There are social practices that are appropriate in Zambian culture that are not in the Philippines and vice versa. But as I engage in my community and starting conversations, I learned to accept the beauty of diversity thus makes me more gracious to everyone here in my place of assignment and even in my home.

“fix your eyes on this one truth, God is madly in love with You
So take courage, hold on, be strong, Remember where our help comes from”
-Good grace, Hillsong United.

Seeing sunset every day, I’m reminded of beautiful and ugly endings. Whether it was a long night or not, joyful or sorrowful, a grace and hope is waiting tomorrow. That we, as disciples of Christ should extend Grace to everyone.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness”
-Lamentations 3: 22 – 23.

Two. The owner of this perfectly planned world is the One who wants me and my heart, I am precious, beloved. Whenever I travel, I see beautiful creations of nature that my mind can’t fathom. And whenever is see these wanders, it inspires me to obey the One who sent me to the ends of Africa, my God, my Saviour and Father. These creations--- plants, trees, weather, insects, birds and many other creatures obey the Great I Am, so who am I to disobey? Who am I not to worship, who am I to not follow?

“And as You speak, a hundred billion galaxies are born,
In the vapour of Your breath the planets form,
If the stars were made to worship so will I, I can see Your heart in everything You made…
If creations sing You praises, so will I”
-So Will I (100 billion X), Hillsong United

So whenever I see sunsets, I’m reminded of two things: Grace and Obedience.

“Grace did not just save Noah, Obedience too”
Sunset in the town of Kalomo, Zambia where i am serving as a Global Mission Fellow.

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