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When I quizzed the Director of a production house about the logic behind using ‘black screens’ in a movie, he informed me that sometimes they needed black screens to add magic to the next shot so as to make the movie more enjoyable and exciting.
This drew my mind to the similar way in which God – the Director of our lives adds ‘black screens’ into the ‘movie’ of our lives in the form of pain, suffering and struggles, but only with the intention of beautifying our lives so as to enable it to turn out into a ‘superhit’ for His glory. We must, therefore, never mistake God’s ‘seeming’ silence for ‘inaction’
‘Black Screen’ periods are those times in our lives when God is in the process of working in us as His ‘manufacturing’ project, with an aim to structure and construct in us the best design of His character. God never allows pain without a purpose & He never wastes your scar. Suffering makes us better than before.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4 reminds us that, ‘God who is the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them, which are in any trouble by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God’. So our times of ‘pain’ are never unnecessary, if we choose to use them to draw comfort from God who is only too enthusiastic to comfort us in all our affliction. We can then comfort others with the same comfort that we have received, when they may be experiencing struggles that we have already experienced ourselves. Even as we pass through our greatest tragedies, God promises ‘all things’ to work together for our very best, if we love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28. The Director of our lives already knows our end from the beginning and since He already has a ‘glorious’ end in mind for each of us, we must determine to trust Him confidently during our ‘black screen’ periods.
‘Black Screen’ periods are tough to go through, because they are those phases in our lives where we cannot see God’s ‘acts’ and, therefore, fail to understand His ‘ways’! No one can deny the pain and agony that we experience during such times, but waiting on God, so as to understand His ‘ways’ enables us to renew our strength and partake of Christ’s virtues as well. Isaiah 40: 27-31.
Faith in God’s ‘unshakable’ promises can enable us to overcome the ‘facts’ that seem so threatening, as we go through this period. The mistake that the spies, who were sent out by Moses, to scout the promise land made was that they trusted more in the ‘facts’ that they could see, instead of putting their faith in God’s ‘promise’ to give them the land. The reality of their evident problem, which was that, they seemed like ‘grasshoppers’ in comparison to their enemies who were real ‘giants’, completely blinded their eyes to an unseen reality who was ‘Almighty God’ and who had given them His promise by means of His Word and who was well able to keep His Word given to them, provided they believed in what He said and acted accordingly. Often this unnecessary engrossment in seeking to ‘define’ and ‘analyse’ our seemingly impossible circumstances, based on factual evidence makes it impossible for us to taste the power of God’s promises given to us in His Word. When we base our actions on the ‘facts’ that we see, they subtly rob us of our inheritance viz. God’s promised blessings that can only be acquired through faith and patience. Hebrews 6: 12. We must never allow our circumstances to determine the size of our God. One can tell the size of our God by looking at the size of our worries, the greater our ‘worry list’ the smaller will be the size of our God and vice-versa. We must, therefore, choose to replace the facts that we ‘see’ with the truth of God’s Word which has the power to set us free from every bondage.
There will always seem to be a contradiction between the ‘facts’ we face and the ‘promise’ that we have received from God. No ‘man of God’, however ‘holy’ or ‘great’, has ever found a similarity between God’s promise and their factual state, but their persistent faith and trust in God and their actions based on that faith, during their ‘black screen’ periods, have helped them to ultimately move into God’s awesome plan for their lives.
Therefore, beloved, as you may be passing through the factual ‘black screen’ periods of your life which seem to overwhelm you with burdens about the present and insecurities concerning your future, you must know and believe that God holds your uncertain world in His powerful hands and that He is in the process of developing your character through your deepest hurts and struggles but all this only with an aim to use you for His glory in the days ahead. We will do well to follow Job’s good example, when in the beginning of his ‘black screen’ period, after losing all his oxen, donkeys, sheep, camels, children and almost all his servants, he chose to fall on the ground and worship. Job 1:20. Further verse 21 says, through all this he did not sin or blame God. James, therefore, reminds us in James 5:10 that, ‘as an example of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord, we count them blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful’. If we wish to be a prophet of God , that means God’s spokesperson, then we must be willing to go through this training period, just as God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5, ‘Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee and before thou came forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.’
God is well aware of all the ‘black screen’ periods that He allows us to go through and we must remind ourselves that He would not allow these in our lives without a very good purpose in mind – the best part being that through it all, He will never leave nor forsake us, but every time we cry out to Him in faith, He will remember us and make us radiant with His own glory and we will never be put to shame. Psalms 34:4-7.
Be blessed in believing all of God’s promises for you and your household.
(Received inputs & corrections from elder believers)