One of the challenges of attending events as a photographer or videographer is you don’t get time to interact with the people you went to visit. Your mind is flooded with the things that need to be shot and your eyes have brains of their own trying to canvas the area for good opportunities to capture amazing moments.
The best part about my job is I get to see a lot that is going on within the area that the speaker or my colleagues would not see. King’ong’o Prison visit was not an exception to this experience.
One thing touched my heart, probably the only lesson I took home. As I was filming the ladies prison visit, I loved it when the women stood up to sing songs to Jesus. After my colleagues left the area headed to the men’s prison, I remained behind to film the women dance and praise God. The interesting thing is the ladies at the front sang songs of praise. You could see the joy that God gave them, their love and devotion to him was tangible. As I filmed I could not help but smile and laugh at times as they stood on the benches dancing. Oh, what a sight it was!
Inmates at King'ong'o Women's prison praising God
As I walked to the back to film the other ladies, I found a majority of them seated holding their heads and some of them covering their faces in shame. I could see the anger and discomfort in their hearts. These women were in prison together, both groups of women had listened to the message shared; all of them understood the songs since they were in Kikuyu. Choices! It all bottled down to the choices we make.
Hans Selye once said, “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.”
The women who were praising with no limit understood that they were in prison; they understood that they no longer had the freedom and pleasures life has to offer. Above all, they also understood that if their hearts position as focused on Christ and what he did for them on the cross. They knew that regardless of the situation that they were in, God remained on the throne and that was enough to be filled with his joy peace and love.
The other women represent a lot of us Christians that do not have the truth in their hearts. They praise during the good times or don’t praise at all.
The women of King’ong’o reminded me that no matter what situation I’m in, God remains to be worthy and sovereign overall and that is reason enough for me to praise in the storm.
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