Thursday, May 7, 2015
Flying with Thursday's Word with Brenda Smith
Developing film used to take hours upon hours to do. We used to have the Polaroid cameras where you took the picture, pressed the button and the picture would then drop in your hand. You would stand and wait in amazement for the picture to develop right before your eyes…like magic. Then we had what we called the disposable cameras. Where you took all the pictures on the roll, then you dropped the camera off at your local pharmacy, or photo finisher and received a ticket for pickup maybe a week later. Now the world of digital cameras has arrived on the scene and we can snap a picture, adjust the lighting, share it on any social media, or even delete it altogether, and start again. We can crop a person in or take a person out of the picture. We can change the focus on the lens (wide or close up). We can zoom in and zoom out. It is a marvel of new technology and we all love taking pictures and sharing. But, Pastor said whereas, we have all this modern technology, we are still serving an “old school” God! He does not rush the process on the pictures He has taken of our lives. We want to get instant pictures with speedy development and quick downloads. ( John 3:7) “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” This is a process.
But, we need to go to Him for some dark room therapy. Why? Because God is more interested in the process you are going to go through than the quick picture you want developed. Therapy is treatment of illness without medicine, treatment of difficulty in speaking, treatment by getting patients together to discuss their problems. There will come a time in all of our lives, when we will need to get away with Jesus for a one/one session. We will need to close everything and everyone out and completely focus on God. He brings things in our lives that produce the developmental stages in this process called LIFE. We need to rewind at times and just relax in the presence of God. At those times God will add additives to our lives (prayer, meditation, counsel, the Word, prayer partners, and intercessors). He will make things clear and give us revelations that we will not get until we are alone with Him. He goes behind the scenes and work on developing our character, our integrity, our strength, and our faith. He knows what is ahead. And, He knows what is needed in our development. Just like you trust the photofinisher with the development of your film in your camera, you must trust God in the development of the pictures He has taken of your life. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Masterpieces are not rushed, they take time to develop.
One thing to remember when developing film the “old school way” is to never open the door when the red light is on. This will ruin the process. Jesus will turn the light on HIS finished work and release you back into the world in His great timing.
May God bless you is my prayer.