#2 Sometimes it's a little more difficult, and it takes a little more time to think things through...Ya know - "the gray areas."
Sometimes I get lost in the gray.
It's like driving on a foggy road. You're driving slow, squinting your eyes, trying to stay in your lane, and your view is so limited that you can't relax, and you definitely can't enjoy the ride! You feel tense, worried, and unsure about what's up ahead.
This is how I feel when I'm bombarded by decisions or judgments about things that are not clearly defined or things of which I'm unsure.
If I don't clearly know both sides of an argument, or if my views differ from what someone else is telling me, or if I've simply come to "two roads diverged in a yellow wood," I sometimes have to let my foot off the gas and navigate the path very carefully.
Maybe I'm overly cautious at times, or maybe I'm just a slow thinker.
Either way, I can get very weighed down by things like this, and I really do feel like I'm in a fog.
The only good thing about it is that it pushes me to pray and search God's word for guidance.
Like relying on the lines of the road as guide marks, I have to rely on the Truths I know.
A quick search for "I am the light" returned these little jewels to me:
10 Who among you fears the LordTrust.
and obeys the voice of his servant?
Let him who walks in darkness
and has no light
trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God (Is. 50:10).
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
...the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling (1 John 2:8-10).
The light in the darkness, the clearing of the fog, a contrast to the gray.
When I'm facing decisions that seem to be "in the gray" these are some truths I can cling to and some questions I can test myself with:
- Am I trusting Jesus?
- Am I following His ways?
- Am I loving others?
I'm thankful the Lord has given us these guidelines. They're such a comfort in uncertain times.
...And even if I mess up, I have a Light to return to. That's hope.
I pray these words will bring comfort and hope to you as well. The Light has come!
35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (John 12:35-36).
Walk in the light.