The Darkroom

My wife’s father was a photographer.  When she was a child she spent a significant amount of time in the darkroom in their basement.  For those who only know iPhone and digital pictures, a darkroom is where images recorded on film in the camera were turned into photographs on paper, using various baths of chemicals to accomplish the transformation.  This process was invented sometime in the early 1830s.  Developing the pictures was a creative process.  Different amounts of time in various chemicals would provide different exposures and looks on the finished photograph.
 
“And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.”
 
I feel certain that God knew what he was developing before He did it.  God lives in the eternal present, which I cannot fully comprehend but it means something like this: he already saw everything finished and at completion before He started.  As the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters in darkness He saw man, he saw man’s rebellion, He saw man’s entire brutal history, He saw Himself becoming a man, He saw the offering of Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, He saw the Church, He saw the end of time and the restoration of all things and the kingdom that would never end.  As He moved on the face of the waters in darkness He saw the end of all darkness and He saw you and me.  God saw us in darkness, formed us in darkness, to be children of the light: “ For you are children of the light and of the day, we don’t belong to darkness and night”  1 Thess 5:5.  We belong to God if we have placed our trust in Jesus as our redeemer, savior, light of the world.
 
In photo developing the paper has to spend time in different chemicals, and there is an agitation process that begins to bring the image into view.  God has seen the image that we are, and the one we will become. He knows every bit of agitation that will occur in our lives.  He has seen the final image ahead of time and He has called it good.  He knows every time we stumble, and when we overcome.  He’s not taken by surprise by our humanity or weakness. "The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it" 1 Thess 5:24.

by Fred Meserall
Fred and his wife Susan began attending Kingsway in June of 2014. They found Kingsway to be a place of refreshment and healing after their previous church experience. Fred is passionate about pursuing God, family, and lifegroups (including his current group which has been meeting continuously for 16 years). Fred and Susan absolutely love the fact that they, their two daughters and their husbands, and grandchildren all attend church together. Fred is a non-recovering “aquaholic” who enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, communing with God, working on his videoblog (aptly titled “Still at the Beach”), and all things surf and family.

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