God's Creativity

Tuesday, August 02, 2011  ::  

We are constantly bombarded by the media pelting us with bad news. It is an ugly world full of lying, cheating, scandal, hate, and murder. To know what is going on in the world is important, but sometimes I get a belly full and feel like vomiting. In the times of wanting to withdraw and hide, I often make myself look around at people.

The Bible continues to talk about God's unfailing love. It doesn't matter what we do, His love does not fail us. We may reject it, abuse it, take it for granted, but it doesn't change There are so many verses about God's unfailing love that it would take you awhile to research them. Unfailing love has become one of my favorite characteristics of God. 

When I'm overwhelmed by the muck of the world, I choose to remember that He is God, He is in control, His love is unfailing, He loves me and wants me to love Him and other people deeply. A continual prayer that I pray for myself and my family is that we will love God and love people. 

I took these pictures because of my love for people, and because it is often very difficult to love people. Looking into the eyes of people I don't know challenges me. To know the lives and stories of others compels me to meet new friends and go deeper with older relationships. The pictures that you are about to look through aren't only meant to make us think, "How sweet," or "How interesting," or "How weird." They are meant to challenge us to look at all people with the eyes of God. 

He knows the stories of every person we pass every day. He knows the horrible news we hear about and all the terrible stories that are never told. He knows our joys, sorrows, victories, and defeats. He knows every single person in the pictures I took of the beautiful people of China. That's why I took these pictures, to remind myself (and hopefully you) that He is a God who loves people deeply and made each person with purpose. He desires for us to know him intimately and for the people of the world to be clothed with the strength and dignity that comes from knowing Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Look deeply at the photographs. Spend time thanking God for His love for you and for all of the people of the whole entire world. Ask Him to give you a deep love for people He so creatively crafted.  

Psalm 33:4-5  For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice;the earth is full of his unfailing love.

Psalm 36:7 How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Psalm 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

4 important comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Angela DeSoto said...

This is seriously beautiful. I love people watching and thinking, "what in their life has brought them to this point?" I think you captured God's unfailing love and his creativity. Both of which we don't relish in often enough.

Regan said...

SO wonderful...what is their story??? Love it my friend, I may have to develop a couple of those to place in my home...I just want to squeeze those little girls and give them so much love!!!!

Kathy Ewert said...

We had some random people of China pictures (taken by Tia when she went as a ESU student) on our wall for many years. Loved them and still do, although they have been replaced by some Arizona landscapes and not-so-random people.
I love to watch people as well. It is wonderful how God's creativity shines through all people. He truly is amazing and His unfailing love for what(who) He created is even more amazing!

Anonymous said...

Love these photos....espically the little boy! I love looking at the eyes of people...

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