This is my fourth blog post in the UGANDA SERIES: my experiences/adventures/overall takeaway of traveling to Gulu, Uganda on a mission trip to Abaana’s Hope. If you want to stay updated on the rest of this series, subscribe to my blog by clicking here!
It’s crazy how going to a different country really gave me a whole new perspective on God’s beauty and strength. In this blog post, I am going to share pictures of some of the most magnificent and mighty things I have ever seen.
I saw God’s presence and His beauty in 3 major ways on this trip.
1. In His People.
The most significant way that I saw God’s glory and love was through His children. The Acholi people I met have gone through some of the most horrific tragedies you can imagine. From poverty, death, illness, malnutrition, and war… Yet these people are some of the happiest human beings I have ever met. On one of the last days of our Child Development Program Week, the youth pastor asked the children, “What is love?” and I will always remember their responses.
“Love is sharing.”
“Love is showing others joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and gentleness”
“Love is laying down your life for others”
“God is love“
These young children, who have experienced so much pain and suffering, still believe that God is love, and that love is laying down your life for others. It’s not about what you have… it’s about how you love.
2. On the Safari
While in Uganda, I had the ability to go on a safari with the rest of my team. I feel that there is no better way to experience God’s power than standing only feet away from wild lions, elephants, giraffes, and so many other incredible creatures. It was such a humbling experience to be in the midst of God’s mighty creation and to see that the world is so much bigger than we allow ourselves to comprehend.
That day, I felt God’s presence in a way that I will never forget. We were at the end of our safari, and we were all sitting in awe as we watched the most radiant sunset I have ever seen. The wind was blowing and bugs were flying in our faces but we were all laughing and singing songs. I was looking into the vastness of the African safari and I just became overwhelmed with the feeling of joy and peace. I heard God saying to me, “You did it. You are here, in Africa. I called you, and you went…”
It was then that I understood the true fulfillment of accomplishing something, even if it’s scary. Even if it’s hard. Guys, I can’t stress this enough. If you have a dream… GO DO IT. Don’t wait until you’re “more ready” or “less afraid”…Go and feel the accomplishment once you’ve succeeded.
3. The Most Powerful Waterfall in the World: Murchison Falls
On the last full day in Africa, we went to the most powerful waterfall in the world. Before arriving, I didn’t know what to expect. I had no idea what was waiting for me as we walked through the jungle to the falls.
I have to say that this was by far the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. The sheer might and force this waterfall produces is unexplainable… it’s just kind of the thing where “you have to be there.” I was so beyond humbled by God’s power and glory that I was literally speechless. How small are we in His creation! Yet He loves us. He pursues us. He cherishes and calls us His child!
The most powerful point of the falls is the area where the water plummets straight down into the canyon below. Because of the sheer power and the way the light hits the water, there is always a rainbow. On the way home, I opened my Bible and was reminded of what the rainbow represents.
“Then God said, ‘I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is a sign of my covenant with you and all the earth.” -Genesis 9:12-13
When I saw the rainbows at Murchison Falls, I was reminded that God’s presence is always with us. The magnitude of His glory and His creation shines through our lives in so many aspects; and sometimes all we need is a simple sign, like a rainbow, to show us that He is omnipresent in our walk.