Thursday, April 28, 2011

reflecting on india

trash heap

I can't believe that today marks 4 weeks since I've been back from India.  I feel like I've exhausted my words in describing my experience, and I've been left with a deep sense of gratefulness.  I almost feel as though "thank you" isn't enough to say to God for giving me this opportunity, but that's what I keep saying over and over...thank you, thank you, thank you.

on the streets

I went to India to tell a story through photography, but coming back I've gotten a clearer picture of just what that story needs to be about.  It's about the pain and devastation that is going on in the world.  It's about the things that break the heart of God.  BUT it's also about the hope.  It's about the people that are making a difference.  It's about what God is doing in the world.  Both stories must be told, and I don't believe you can have one without the other.

smiling

You know, I first went to India almost 13 years ago.  It was a tough trip after which I vowed I would never go back.  Those are strong words, but after a month there and another month of dealing with the parasite I brought home, I didn't see the need to subject myself to that again.  Yes, there was selfishness in that, but there are plenty of other places in the world, right?  I find it ironic that India was the first place God sent me to fulfill this dream of mine.  My heart was softened as I saw the stories unfold right before my eyes.  India, I would come back any day!  Hope, I tell you, hope...

7 comments :

blissful_e said...

It must have been amazing to see India with such a different perspective. Great reminder to never say never! :)

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

HIS plans. Wonderful. I love experiencing India through you eyes, through your heart.

Ana Degenaar said...

Beautiful photos and reflections. I will love to see India some day.

MaryAnne said...

Fantastic photography. What a blessing to see both sides of India.

Val said...

Wow, absolutely amazing images. I can't wait to hear more about your journey there.

Mary said...

Oh what a beautiful post! Your words and images truly touched my heart. It is so easy to live in our own little world, and to forget the many who suffer...

Thank you so much for your visit to my blog, and for your kind words, Jen. I have loved reading some of your posts, and seeing your beautiful photos. I will look forward to visiting again soon!
~Mary

Lindsey V said...

So glad that you fell in love with India this time around....the people there captured my heart some 13 years ago...I have LOVED...seriously LOVED...seeing it again through your heart and lens!

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