Photography with GOD: The Red Bakawan

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Almost a month ago, I went with a few friends to visit the venue of an upcoming wedding (Renewal of Vows). I was chosen to be a part of the wedding planners and we all thought of having a picnic at the venue to develop a clearer concept and decide for more specific details.

It is a beach wedding and the plan is to have the ceremony near the shore. I think that it will be one of the most beautiful wedding that I’ll ever witness. So while there, I felt obliged to take some photos and a panoramic view of the area.

We finally went home before sunset and I was happy to have taken with me a few new shots of the Emerald beach.

At home, while studying the pictures, I post-processed a few and accidentally turned the green leaves of the Bakawan (Mangrove) tree into Red. I think that it somehow looked real and I posted it in Facebook. After a day, someone wowed at it and asked where was it taken. I have just realized that I have fooled someone. But as I tried to look at it more, I have observed that it really doesn’t look real. The roots and trunk is obviously a Bakawan tree, and it can’t have red leaves.

The Red Bakawan


Just as how I made the green into red, we too sometimes cloak ourselves and begin to look like someone else we’re not. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, it says – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! When we accepted Jesus in our hearts, we become a new person and are redeemed back to our true self (Eph. 1:7). We are given a new identity and;

– Become a child of God (John 1:12)
– Become a citizen of Heaven (Philippians 3:20),
– Are freed from the power of death (Romans 8:2)
– Are given with the spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
– Are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
– Are chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12) and,
– Are healed from sin (1 Peter 2:24).

When we commit a sin and go against the will of God, we are actually straying away from our true self and redeemed identity. We think like we are still dwelling in our past and forget that we are God’s temple where the Holy Spirit dwells. We feel the guilt, shame and probably blame and think lowly about ourselves as someone undeserving of God’s grace and mercy. We even sometimes doubt God and rather not choose to ask for His forgiveness instead of trying to draw into Him and ask for His grace to help and strengthen us. While it is true that we are unworthy of Him, God willingly gave us His son Jesus Christ to carry our sins with Him on the cross in order to save us. In 1 John 1:9, it says that – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

When we forget our true selves and mask or clothe ourselves with our past, God’s eyes will always be on us and we can never escape from Him. He knows every detail about us from head to toe and even from birth to eternity. I believe that God’s love for us will always wait and will never change just as a father who expects for His son’s return no matter how long it will be.

We can therefore always choose to come to God, and experience the forgiveness of sins and cleansing from every wrong. We can always get back to our fellowship with Him and become our true selves again – becoming lesser and lesser of our old selves and growing more and more like HIM.

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