Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Spirit of Slumber

Ah, sleep. (Source: Pictures of People SleepingPosted by Hello

"And it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. Then behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him. And it happened, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah'' not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud." - Luke 9:28-34 (NKJ)

It's amusing, and at the same time, embarrassing to admit that sometimes I'm just like Peter, James, and John -- that is, feeling very drowsy and then falling asleep while in the presence of the Lord. Amusing in the sense that I was able to identify myself with the three disciples who, at the height of fatigue, gave in to the temptation to sleep instead of travailing with God in prayer.

That's the embarrassing part: I sometimes forego the most important thing -- in this case, entering into God's presence and experiencing His glory -- to satisfy the momentary cravings of my physical being.

Being the sleepyhead that I am, it has always been my struggle to say "no" to sleep and "yes" to intercessory prayer. I just love sleeping so much that and I can even classify it as my "personal hobby." Not that sleep is bad per se. After all, medical experts say that a person has to have approximately eight hours of sleep a day to function well.

But I think when God calls us to persevere in prayer no matter what the costs. We just need to obey Him lest we miss out on the great things in the spiritual realm -- i.e. seeing and experiencing the Lord's power to transform us from glory to glory.

I just have to keep in mind that no less than Jesus Christ, as the Son of Man, honored and valued the art/discipline of prayer. And so must I. There is so much power in prayer. And sleepyheads like me should just dare to journey with Him from whom all things flow.


*QUESTION: Can you relate to this entry? Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.

(Note: This journal entry was written on Sept. 13, 2002 when JAYRED was still studying at the Asian Center for Missions as a full-time cross-cultural missionary trainee.)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Bride in Wait

I just recently finished editing photographs from a recent wedding shoot. This is one photograph from the shoot (more pics at my blog and portfolio) which I really like.

I've been documenting weddings for two years now, and I try to approach every wedding in a different manner. Sometimes when one shoots commercially, he is tempted to apply tried and tested poses and styles, like a habit some veterans have. I avoid falling into this dilemma as it leads to the crippling of creative juices.

Before every wedding shoot, I spend the night looking at sample works I like from other photographers. The activity is akin to brainstorming and accumulating for ideas for the next day. But the reality is, the day itself stealthily arrests me of my temporary ideas (as weddings are of course fast paced), leaving mostly raw ability to work with. In the middle of that stupor, sometimes you get a string of intuitive ideas that leads to excellent photographs.

Only after you have pressed the shutter and the image is made, would you know that what brushed your mind was a fine idea after all.

(Note: "Camera-Shy" -- a.k.a. Daniel Cercado -- is a geology graduate at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City, Philippines. He currently works as a teacher at the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries, and is a professional photographer on the side. You may read his mini biography of sorts by clicking here.)