I have a friend that is an amazing photographer. She studied photography in school and her talent with the camera is astounding. She explained to me that even though most photography has switched primarily to digital, that she preferred working with film, even though film was not as easy. Film photography requires a process and there is no editing that can be done with film but that is a benefit with digital. Why would a photographer use film now? Interestingly, film has a higher dynamic range and captures details that can’t be seen with digital. But the process to getting the perfect shot with film is riskier and takes longer, patience is required.
With digital, many pictures can be taken in a few moments. With film, the decision for photos is thought out and intentional because you get one chance to capture the moment. With digital, we can tell in that instant whether we like the photo or not – if not we can take 30 more until we get what we want. With film, we have to wait for the dark room process to be over in order to see what we captured. In the dark room there are multiple tedious steps in the process of taking a roll of film to picture form, the finished piece of art.
I’ve been in this funky place where I feel I’ve been sitting in a dark room. Anybody else?
Time seems to be dragging and I’m not exactly sure what I’m supposed to be doing except waiting on The Lord and listening to Him. To outsiders, it might appear as though I’m disengaged with ministry, since I’ve not been sharing about the process I am in, at least not in a public way.
I AM experiencing His presence in incredible ways and I’m being still. I am being filled to overflowing. Those things are all amazing for me personally. However, most of the seasons of my life have looked like tremendous activity where I’m receiving from Him just as fast as I’m giving it away. And to be honest, I love those times because I feel I’m living my purpose, I feel the most alive and very fulfilled. But this is a different time. I’m in that hidden place and I’m not giving as fast as I’m receiving.
Darkrooms aren’t a bad thing. The process of developing takes place there. Promotion happens in the darkroom.
Our risk to go after something we’ve never had before requires being content within a great deal of mystery. It’s hard to attain the film photography attributes in an instant camera, it just can’t happen. There is a process that has to be honored to achieve that result.
There is someone reading this and you’ve felt hidden away and you’ve not understood it. It’s not punishment. It’s the opposite, it’s actually God setting you up for more. Think about David in 1 Samuel 16. He was out in the field day after day with the goats and sheep. He was hidden away, he was being prepared, just him and the Lord. The Lord was developing him to carry the anointing that was to come.
His brothers “looked” more the part of king than he did, but God doesn’t care about the outside appearance, He’s looking for the one that’s willing to be in the secret place. David thought he was just a shepherd boy but God was training up a king.
There is a king inside of you, there is something more God wants to bring to the world through your life.
Don’t bypass the darkroom seasons or leave them undeveloped, they are meant to be seasons of increase. That’s me, I’m in a season of increase. If that’s you too, start thanking Him for what’s coming, there is a greater anointing coming to your life on the other side of your darkroom.