Grace and Obedience and Sunsets

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.

Sunset in the town of Kalomo, Zambia where i am serving as a Global Mission Fellow.
Sunset in the town of Kalomo, Zambia where i am serving as a Global Mission Fellow.

Looking at the skies and sunsets, I’m reminded by two things:

  1. There are two life phases: the beginning and the end. Every morning there’s 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. 

The Sunsets every day remind 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. 

2. 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 i see 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 

Sunsets reminds me of two things: Grace and Obedience
“Grace did not save Noah, Obedience too”

This Post Has 18 Comments

    1. Thanks Tom!

  1. Just a beautiful shot….love it! And I think it’s so awesome you’re a Global Mission Fellow in Africa:)

    1. Yes, indeed a great experience. Sunsets here are truly amazing!

  2. This is very beautiful. Thank you so much for the beautiful devotion to start my day (I work at graveyard shift). I really do love sunsets, its colorful display and as you said, the glorious rays you can see it displays if you look at it carefully. It brings me peace and hope that no matter what happened today, whether the day may be bad, there will be a new tomorrow that can help you start again.

    I also like what you said about extending that grace to other people. No man is an island, and that doesn’t mean that we need other people to survive, it also is a call for us to give back to people no matter how big or small, we can always share something from our lives to touch and show care for other lives. A small act of mindfulness of others can bring multitudes of encouragement to others, and for others to share it themselves.

    1. Thanks, what a wonderful comment and you said it well! I’m glad you are inspired by this! 🙂

    1. Indeed!

  3. Great line. Yes God is always with us and we should be thank to him always.

    1. Thanks Sandy!

  4. Your photography is gorgeous. It makes me smile. 🙂

    1. Awe! Thanks Kenny! I have more Photography projects coming, i hope you’ll get inspired by them!

    1. Thanks Nancy!

  5. What a lovely post. I particularly like your comment about each new day bringing grace. You captured these sunsets beautifully.

    1. Thanks, it is, a new hope for us all.. sunsets are great reminder.

  6. It is interesting to read about your perspective about looking at the skies and sunsets. Sometimes, we need to take the time to reflect, because life treats us well and we need to appreciate all of the big and little things.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. Yes that is true, sometimes people are being a cry baby, that they forget that they are even have more compare to others 🙂

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