. . . ramble? yes, this essay rambles. . . rambling is what life is for. . . sometimes. Especially when you want to Focus! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Have a clear purpose when planning. But make sure your purpose and your end product creates a noticeable view to God, unimpeded by distractions that take us away from Focusing on God: the glittery objects our eyes are drawn to, salacious endeavors to please our flesh, and, amongst others, self-absorption.
Glittery: as we look at a scene our eyes are naturally attracted to light, especially lights that are flashing, dancing. This holds our Focus from seeing the rest of the scene.
Flesh: our physical body needs to take care and not be allowed to roam off course.
Self-absorption: it is very easy to place yourself (I need to replace “yourself” with the word “myself”) ahead of someone else and your (my) ideas as more important than your (my) teammate. We are Friends,
according to John 15: 15. Jesus calls and treats us as “Friends,” so we know what God is thinking. It is hard for me to conceive that Jesus would have one Friend have a higher value over another — now you might say the a few apostles were closer to Jesus than some others. The Gospels seem to show this, but Jesus does not care for one person more than another; on the other hand God has different uses for each of us.
Holy Spirit: According to John 14:16, the Holy Spirit is to teach, help, guide you. I know this concept is a bit etherial. But for now I would say you will have a ‘Peace’ about your project as you respond to God’s Spirit.
As a photographer frames
a picture, by including and eliminating elements, determines the final composition of the frame, we in our planning, must include the essential elements for what we intend to accomplish.
How large should the picture be?
How far away from the topic?
Up close. . .
As it might be,
faraway is best since a long view is required.
After including and discarding elements start arranging these elements: what is in front, middle, back, on the left, towards the right; maybe something partially covered because it is behind something else. . .
What is the reason to partially cover an object?
Is it less important? Is the one in front more important? A blemish to hide?
Perhaps the day is coming for this element to be featured — but not today.
Then adjust the focus
Make sure the picture, or rather, the event, you are composing is a reflection of God, not of yourself. So remove the selfish ambition. Remove the clutter — the part of you that is attempting to overshadow God. Purify your intent as only you can marshal (since only you can allow the deepest search of your soul).