Often when I want to say that something became clear, I may instead say that the thing "became lucid" or that the thing is "becoming lucid"
is there a single word that I can substitute for this?
If you refer to something that has been said or written, elucidate (tr vb) means "to make lucid especially by explanation or analysis." Merriam-Webster
- "When asked for details, he declined to elucidate further.
Clarify can also be used. "to free of confusion" Merriam-Webster
- "Just a moment, let me try to clarify my thoughts"
Edit: "Only now has the truth been elucidated/become evident."
In less formal writing and in speech, I will use clicks or clicked as in "long division clicked once it was explained with examples." Thesaurus.com uses click as one of its distinctions for "become clear." This wouldn't necessarily work for "formal" writing though.
You could say that it dawned on you.
Become evident to the mind; be perceived or understood:
the awful truth was beginning to dawn on him
(as adjective dawning) he smiled with dawning recognition
to become known or apparent
The facts emerged after a lengthy investigation.
Coincidentally, I just read the following newspaper headline after posting this answer:
Charles Manson wedding off after it emerges that fiancee Afton Elaine Burton 'just wanted his corpse for display'
Possibly not always usable, unfold has this metaphorical sense:
unfold verb ...
2 to gradually become clearer or more detailed
as the situation unfolded, it became clear that more help would be needed
You could say you had an "epiphany"
epiph·a·ny \i-ˈpi-fə-nē\ noun . . . : a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way (Free Dictionary)
You can say you are ENLIGHTENED.