"'Teacher, they said to Jesus, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses say to stone her. What do you say?' They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer so he stood up again and said, 'alright, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.' Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. " -John 8:4-8
I think in this moment God was cultivating something in the dust. He was calling the women back to where it all began... to dust- lifeless without him. Because dust is just dust until Jesus steps in, stirs it all around, and ignites what it's supposed to be. In the very beginning of time, Adam was just dust until God breathed life into him (Gen. 2:7). This women wasn't living her life according to God, so Jesus stepped in and invited her to something greater.
It's the same with us too. Without Jesus, we are just mere dust. And dust is just dust until Jesus steps in and invites it to life. This women, living in sin, probably full of insecurities, doubt, and fear (because let's be honest, when we take our eyes off of Jesus these things enter our heart), was invited back to life when Jesus stirred the dust at her feet. You see...
It's in the DUST where we start.
It's in the DUST that we are formed.
It's in the DUST where Jesus shows up and wrecks our lives
The truth is dust is just dust until Jesus breathes, speaks, and invites it to life. From dust, God ignites passions and dreams and ambitions. And it's the same in your life too. There are some places that God is stirring the dust around inviting you back to where it all began. TO DUST. Because God is ALWAYS cultivating something from the dust. You can
never stray too far or mess up too bad for God to stop working. Heck, just think, in the beginning of time, when God was speaking everything into existence, He made dust. He made dust with the intention of making Adam. Which means He made dust with the intention of making YOU! You aren't forgotten. You aren't a mistake. You are loved very dearly by the Creator! And it's time you embrace your dust, invite Jesus in, and watch as He begins to form and grow something so beautiful in you.
I'll end with what God dropped this on me a few years ago... He said, "From dust you were made, Lauren, and to dust you will return." So you see, you really have nothing to lose inviting Jesus into your life, into your mess, into your dust... because it all starts and finishes with Him.
HI! I'M LAUREN! I'M A WEDDING AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER IN RECKLESS PURSUIT OF CHRIST, ADVENTURES, AND LOVE. I'M FROM A SMALL TOWN IN PA WHERE MY ROOTS RUN DEEP. I LOVE JESUS WITH MY WHOLE HEART, I WILL JUMP ON (OR OUT OF) A PLANE AT THE DROP OF A HAT FOR AN ADVENTURE, AND I BELIEVE LIFE IS BETTER LIVED OUTSIDE WITH YOUR HANDS AND FEET DIRTY.
ALL THESE THINGS PLAY A HUGE ROLE IN MY PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE, WHICH I'D DESCRIBE AS NATURAL AND AUTHENTIC. OTHER THINGS THAT BRING ME LIFE ARE SNOWBOARDING, FLANNELS, MOUNTAINS, SMALL TOWNS, RAINY DAYS, WILDFLOWERS, AND WEDDINGS! I WOULD TRULY BE HONORED TO CAPTURE YOUR SPECIAL DAY!