BECOMING MONDAY, 11 JUNE 2012

I leave home today for 3 months for a mixture of work & travel – Singapore, London, Milan, Copenhagen, New York, Manchester. I’m excited and terrified all at the same time. The idea of exploring new pastures is exhilarating, but leaving behind the routine of life & foundations in Melbourne and being constantly on the go scares me a little. The next 3 months will definitely be a wonderful time of reunion with friends & getting refreshed creatively again, but also time off from what has been possibly the most difficult year of my personal life.

2011 was a certainly a year of disorder, but 2012 has been a year of many struggles. I thank God for His faithfulness through it all and the family that He has placed around me – Hau Wei, Peggen, Sue Lynn, Ben, Aijet & Ailing. Words cannot begin to describe my gratefulness for your help during the lowest points.

Last year at Jonas&Sean’s workshop, we were given an assignment entitled “I closed my eyes and saw this”. The image below is one of the images I took, because I felt it really reflected the year 2011 had been. And as I am packing my bags, I take a glance at the calendar on my wall, only to be reminded of what 2012 was declared to be – a year of becoming. So allow me to leave you something from my season of being in the valley – not to gain pity or sympathy, but to help encourage those of you who might be in the midst of their own valley.

“Consider it pure joy, friends, when troubles come your way, because you know testing of your faith produces perseverance. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it grow, so you become mature and complete, not lacking in anything.”
- James 1:2-4 (an adaptation from NIV, NLT & The Message)

If you are interested, I write in detail about my revelation of being in the valley here.

  • June 11, 2012 - 3:42 pm mike -   Godspeed, brother.
  • June 11, 2012 - 7:47 pm jac -   Really like your write-up on being in the valley...thanks for sharing
  • June 12, 2012 - 5:14 am Tony -   i don't know what your 'valleys' have been these last 6 months, but I deeply appreciate your willingness to be honest and encouraging despite going through darker times. i am bolstered & inspired by your ability to blend creativity and faith--it has been a great resource to me. praise God for what he has taught you these last several months...blessings on your travels.
  • June 13, 2012 - 2:25 pm Sarah L -   I've been following your beautiful stories for some time now, and been meaning to comment but never got around to it, until I read this post. Thanks for sharing your insights to being in the 'valley', and I can say this much that I understand what you're going through - though I refer to it more as the 'wilderness' than the 'valley'. Take care on your travels and all the best. Also, this is unrelated, but I do have some questions about photography that I'd like to ask you - but I'll drop you an email sometime, perhaps. Thanks.
  • June 20, 2012 - 5:49 pm Max Teong -   Thanks so much for this post Jonathan. I love the verse you shared; perseverance is indeed a wonderful thing to have.
  • August 04, 2012 - 2:41 am Abby -   you write beautifully, and your pictures are stunning. thanks for sharing these stories. x
  • December 31, 2012 - 11:12 am Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013. | JonathanOng -   [...] that 2012 was also prophesied as a year of becoming – which I wrote about earlier this year here. And like all great men in the bible; for example – David & Joseph, each first received a [...]

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