11/10/17: Dark Room Development
My friend Diana is enduring every mother’s worst nightmare: both of her sons, her only children, were killed in a horrific car crash just a few days ago. As my heart and prayers go out to her, I remembered the following devotion I had written about six years ago. In the light of her tragedy and so many others we hear of on the news every day, and as we question God and the purpose of all this pain, it seemed appropriate to repost these devotional thoughts today.
In my senior year of high school, I worked on yearbook staff and was editor of one of the sections of the volume. Our student photographers on staff not only took the pictures, but developed them right there at the school in our darkroom. Using only the illumination of a special red light, the film would be transferred somehow to the paper and then the paper would be dipped in several different trays holding chemical solutions. As the photos were moved from tray to tray, the image began to emerge. The process took a considerable amount of time and care and seemed almost magical.
Understandably, our teacher and those photographers would get quite upset if someone opened the dark room door while they worked. Too much light would flood in and mess up every piece of film on which they had been painstakingly laboring. More than those pictures would be ruined. All the money for the film and the time those photographers had logged on their assignments had been a waste. Deadlines for getting the yearbook pages designed were pushed back without those photos. And supposed those pictures had been of the miraculous catch that won the homecoming game, the photo-finish at the swim meet, or the principal’s surprise 50th birthday party thrown by the whole school? The photographic memories of those events could never again be recaptured. The darkness of that dark room made the proper development of those pictures possible so that everything else necessary to produce a memorable yearbook could happen.
We live in a fallen world where it rains on everyone. God re-purposes dark rooms and allows them to develop us. When we are experiencing the darknesses of financial reversals, failures, job losses, strenuous challenges, sicknesses, disappointments, loneliness, separations, and deaths; look at things through the illuminating red light of the blood of Jesus. Fall into the arms of Jesus and let Him hold you in the dark. Watch as God takes time and care to develop the picture that has been taken. Don’t rush through any of the stages. Let Him gently carry you through every “chemical.” Only when the process is complete will you be fully developed. You’ll only be ready for use on just the right “pages” of life when His image emerges through you. And it will.
- 1 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (NKJ)
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