The images on this blog are predominantly by Aaron Burden. He describes himself as a hobbyist photographer, but I see him as a provision from God for the work before me. I would love to take photographs, and one day I might. For now, I am a writer because God has called me to write.
How I Met Aaron Burden
Before I “follow” someone on social media, I like to ask myself where they might take me if I follow. God is sovereign over every moment, and this includes the moment I first saw Aaron’s Instagram feed. There are beautiful photos and thoughtful words paired with scripture references. By following Aaron, I see images of God’s creation and receive devotional opportunities all in one.
To be clear, I have never actually met Aaron Burden.
Why I Appreciate Aaron’s Photography
Two words: Michigan and Maryland. What are the odds that the photographer whose work is a provision from God for this blog has lived in both Michigan and Maryland? I grew up in Michigan and received my master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. I, too, have lived in Michigan and Maryland.
Pastors have told me there is no such thing as a coincidence. That’s because God is sovereign over everything.
Aaron Burden is Part of the Church
When you hear the word, “church,” do you think of a chapel? I am trying to break my habit of calling the building a “church.” Technically, it’s not wrong based on the way we use the English language, but the church is not the building. The church is the collective group of Christians who are called to follow Jesus.
Together, we are the church. Every person in the church has unique gifts and specific purposes that God designates. One of Aaron Burden’s is photography. One of mine is writing. I pray God will continue to bring the church together for His purposes. If we follow Jesus, we will accomplish His will for His glory and His kingdom.
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