“You have thrown me into the lowest pit, into the darkest depths.” (Psalm 88:6)
Someone has well said, “Faith is like film, it is developed best in the dark.” Most people under the age of thirty would not know how to make a connection with “film” and “darkness” because they grew up in a “quick fix”, digital age. But those of us that are a little older remember the days when we used to take our roll of film out of our cameras and turn them into a local drugstore or Wal-Mart and wait patiently several days for it to be processed. In those days the photographer would take the negative into the dark room and begin to process the potential picture. This is a very patient, tedious and delicate process. In fact, if the photographer exposes the negative to the light too soon it will ruin the beautiful picture it was intended to be.
Dear friend, sometimes the “negatives” happen to us in life. We find ourselves waiting in what feels like God’s Dark Room. This is a place where it feels like God is a million miles away, as if He has withdrawn His presence from us. In the psalms, King David describes it as “the hiding of God”. “O Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble?” 10:1 (NLT)
But the truth is… while we are waiting in the “dark room”, God is processing us! He is processing our faith and character. If He were to expose us to the light of His will and revelation too soon, it would ruin the beautiful picture He is creating for our lives. It is in times of darkness, He is taking our weaknesses and turning them into strengths, our faith is being developed and the “negatives” of our life are being processed into a beautiful portrait that God wants to put on display for His glory!
Let me encourage you… don’t cut short the work of God in your life! Be patient in the process God has for your life. Let faith and patience have its perfect work in you and after you’ve been processed you will be a beautiful portrait of God’s grace!
“He led me from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped the chains.” (Ps. 107:14)
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2–4)