With a sense of purpose and anticipation, I showed some of the Kenya photos at my church yesterday. I felt an overwhelming need to make people aware of what is going on in the world, to open their eyes. But is it vanity to think that people will be moved to action after viewing images of the suffering? Would I accomplish more by putting the camera down and working directly as an aid worker/missionary?
At times I feel a sense of guilt because I am more of an observer than one who is “in the trenches” doing the work. I think God allows this tension in us simply so that we will, at all times, continually, look to Him for guidance. My wife sent me this verse in an email this morning: Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:11-12 Go ahead and read the entire 12th chapter. The wisdom in these words will help us all focus on what is important. Don’t be afraid to question yourself or even God, just keep an attitude of prayer and of hope.
An aid worker holds the tiny hand of an infant before beginning the painful process of cleaning a burn wound.
©Copyright 2008 Gary S. Chapman (Canon 5D 24-105 @40mm, 1/250 sec, f4.5, ISO 200)