Beautiful Mess

15 May 2015, Posted by silentimages in Blog, Refocus

Sometimes I feel like the world just one big mess! But it’s crazy amazing to see some beauty come from that mess.

For example: I’m exploring some alleyways in Cambodia. I spot some cute kids and get my camera ready. Always love me some cute kid pics! Then I learn that the most beautiful child I’ve ever photographed was currently being human trafficked.

Seriously, world?!!? I mean… my alleyway girl isn’t allowed to go to school because she has to “work” and will more than likely end up in a cycle of poverty where she will sell off her own children. My heart rate is up and I’m fighting tears just writing about this.

People ask me all the time about how I handle seeing so much tragedy in the world. By the state of this blog, y’all probably think I handle it poorly… and at times you’d be right. Sometimes I get furious. Sometimes I go numb so I don’t have to deal with the world at all.

But thankfully this is not the permanent state of the world. The world is being healed and is being renewed and I am blessed to witness God replacing the mess of this world with beauty.

I get to see my beautiful Cambodian girl being rescued by a community outreach and education ministries. I get to see refugees in South Sudan being fed and given safety from war. I get to see Cubans praising the Lord with Bibles brave ministries snuck into the country for them.

I get to see and document that the Lord has not forgotten people in their tragedy. The very fact that I’m there with my camera is proof that the Lord is working to end their suffering. That’s the hope that carries me daily and gives me life to work hard for God’s mission of restoration.

The world is messy… but God is at work and I look forward to the day when we will celebrate together the beautiful, perfect world God has made.

Always hopeful, 

   ~ Lydia 


Check out Silent Images work in Cambodia with Asian Hope.



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