In the Darkroom
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 NKJV
Before the advent of smart-phones and computerized tablets, people could only use cameras to take pictures. After the picture was taken, the film in the camera had to be developed in a “darkroom.” A darkroom is a room made completely dark to allow the processing of the light-sensitive photographic film. Once the film is developed, it can be seen in the light as a picture or photograph.
In the Scriptures, night speaks of darkness, and morning and day symbolize light (Gen. 1:3-5). When you’re trusting God for a manifestation of a promise, and you’re standing on His Word and nothing seems to be happening but silence, inactivity, and a loss of vision—don’t panic!—you’re having a darkroom experience.
God-given dreams and visions are developed in the darkroom (Prov. 29:18). After pictures are taken in the light, they are developed in the darkroom—even though you don’t see anything, God is developing you and your dream (2 Cor. 4:18). God is faithful. “His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life” (Text) and He who gave you the vision in the light will encourage you with His promise in the darkroom (Isa. 41:10).
In the darkroom, keep saying what you see by faith. Confess it with confidence while being patient (Heb. 10:35-36). True confidence is continuing to be outspoken, with bluntness and assurance about what you believe. Then combine this confidence with patience (hupomone, Greek), i.e., steadfastness,, constancy, and endurance. Don’t give up! Endure the process because “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Text).
So, in the darkroom what is God doing? God is getting you ready for the fulfillment of the vision. While the vision is ready for you, you’re not ready for it. When nothing seems to be happening, feel the joy! (James 1:2-4). God is up to something good (Jas. 5:11; Job 42”10). Just like He did for Job; He will turn your captivity; He will turn your night into day!