For two full years, I worked in the dark. Hours were flexible, but the job itself had to be performed without light. Today, we call it old-school. Then, it was the only way to produce black and white photos. Chemicals, wash, paper – all were sensitive to light, but needed darkness to develop.


Accompanying me in the room was a massive enlarger, especially suited to shine intense light through the negative and onto the paper. Even after the glossy page was exposed to light, change wasn’t immediate. Each print must go through a sequence of baths in order to draw forth the image. Developer, stop bath, fixer — each in order, each for a specific amount of time, according to the print itself.


Developing the image. How powerful the similarities. We’ve been “predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29), but like my darkroom experience, our resemblance includes a process.


Christ is the “the image of the invisible God” through which God’s Light must pass in order to imprint His image upon us (1 John 1:5; Colossians 1:15). Although salvation itself occurs in a moment, developing His image takes renewal into “a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created” us (Colossians 3:10). And God has designed this renewal to be a lifetime process.


We’ve come into contact with Christ, but the image is yet imperfect — merely a dim blur of what we will one day be. But the Apostle John gives us hope. “It has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2). Hallelujah, we do not have to wait until eternity to see His image, but as we fix our eyes upon Jesus “we all, with unveiled face, (can behold) as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, and are being transformed into (His) same image” (2 Corinthians 3:18).


Granted, “now we see in a mirror dimly”, but one day our vision will be spiritually 20/20 (1 Corinthians 13:12). I, for one, want to continue the practice of seeing Light despite the darkness all around me. Let’s not lose heart, but keep looking “not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen” — into the very image of Christ Himself (2 Corinthians 4:16a; 18). After all, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). 



“And he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go.” Matthew 21:29


By the time Hannah was 18-months-old, she was “drawing”. She especially loved watching the spill of color flow from her crayons. At two and a half, my future graphic designer was putting circles and lines together to create pictures of everything she saw.


Wanting to show my mother our budding artist, I asked Hannah to recreate her drawing of the previous day. “Draw MeMaw a cow,” I requested.


Too busy with her dolls, Hannah was not in the mood to perform. Despite the pen and paper I placed before her, she ignored me and continued feeding her baby.


I coerced and pled. She cooed and played. I resorted to bribery. She retorted by bristling. “Would you do it for a popsicle?” I begged.


My little peacemaker sighed loudly and quickly scooped the pen into her clenched fist. With a sign of disgust, she sliced one quick mark across the page and proclaimed with finality, “Moo!”


Have you ever said one thing and delivered another? I know I have. I’m often more like the son in today’s parable than my pressured two-year-old. My husband says we have good intention toward details, but very little attention to accomplish it.


Our society over-promises and under-delivers. Our ambitions are good, but the tyranny of the urgent indefinitely postpones many of our best goals. This especially holds true in our spiritual walk.


How many times in the past two weeks have you skipped reading the Word because something more pressing needed your attention? How often have you said “I’ll pray for you” without ever getting around to doing it? How often have you promised to get with someone in need knowing you didn’t’ have the time?


The Father not only keeps His Word; His Word makes things happen. The universe jumped into being at the sound of His voice. When He said, “Let there be light,” light immediately broke through the darkness (Genesis 1:3).


So when the Lord speaks to you, He is not merely giving you a suggestion for consideration. He doesn’t do FYI’s. When He speaks, he expects FYO’s — for your obedience


His Word doesn’t escape His mouth without accomplishing His desire (Isaiah 55:11). If you believe anything about Him, believe that He is all about finishing what He has begun within you (Psalm 138:8). He encourages us not to worry (Philippians 4:6; Matthew 6:34) because He is the One responsible for completion. “God …accomplishes all things for me” (Psalm 57:2).


As your Father, He desires you to follow His lead and follow through with your promises — both to Him as well as to others. For some of us, that will mean choosing what we agree to and possibly even speaking less (Ecclesiastes 5:2; Proverbs 10:19). Better to under-promise and over-deliver than the other way around. We already know far more than we obey. Let’s deliver what we vow (Ecclesiastes 5:4).


Holy Father,


Once more, I stand amazed at who You are. Your Word gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist (John 5:21; Romans 4:17). Thank You for speaking me out of darkness and into Your glorious light (1 Peter 2:9).


Make me a woman of my word. Put a check in my spirit before I commit to something You know I cannot accomplish. As my Holy Rememberer (John 14:26), bring to mind the things that You have taught me, so that I can follow-through in Your strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.