We can be upset but we can’t be displeased. Upset that what we wanted has not transpired because that’s human nature. But we can’t be displeased with the Qadr of Allaah. It’s okay to be upset because it’s what you wanted, or what you hoped for, or what you craved, or what you yearned for. You will overcome the pain of upset but you can never be displeased with the One who always knows what is best for you, whether you see that or not. And that is one of the beauties of Qadr; it is unknown but your Lord wanting good for you is always known.

10 There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in misery and chains, 11 because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High.

12 Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; they stumbled and there was none to help.

13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. 14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their bands apart.

Psalm 107:10-14 NASB

Praise the LORD for He delivers men from manifold troubles – our own destruction.

Fields of Hope And Innocence Niger The Red Planet Photo Hugh Ardoin

Transplanting the millet is a painstaking yet vital operation

Millet is a fast germinating cereal and is grown in nurseries where it can be watered before the start of the rainy season

It is transplanted when the expected natural rain will hopefully take care of its future growth

Too little rain it will wither and die or grow into a meagre half-crop, too much rain it will just wash away

The Ghosts of Famine and Survival fight like antique gods in the shape of the storms in the sky

Humans thrive below building high towers on the sands of hope, and praying

On this picture shot in July, you can see a nursery under a large tree and the kids working on the transplant

Gods of hope prevailing, the crop will be ready to harvest in October or November

An idyllic view of the stark realities of the harsh life conditions on the Red Planet 

Hugh Ardoin Niger The Red Planet Gallery

That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.-Ephesians 2:19 MSG