Monday, October 17, 2016

Dealing With Shades of Gray

By Andrea Merrell

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

I’m basically a black and white person, a proponent of the truth. I hate lies and pretense. My natural tendency is to avoid the gray areas as much as possible.

But is it really possible?

The absolute truth—as I have learned—is that not everything is either black or white. Life is full of gray areas that cannot be understood or explained. That’s precisely why we have to place our faith and complete trust in the Lord.

As Christians, the Bible is our ultimate source of truth, our guidebook for living. But even Scripture does not lay out all the answers to our questions in a neat little row. For me, this can be a bit disconcerting.

I’m the type of person who needs answers. I like to be prepared for any given situation, to know what’s going to happen. But God doesn’t work that way. He shows us what we need to know when we need to know it. He purposely keeps some answers out of our reach so we’ll seek Him and follow His lead.

Learning to be flexible and content to not know all the answers is hard, but doable. It's best to take one day at a time and accept the gray areas. When life throws us a curve, we can move on to Plan B. 

Unanswered questions are okay. Life is full of them, and we breathe easier and sleep better at night when we embrace that fact. The key is in trusting God with all our heart and making the most of each and every day … no matter what comes our way.

(Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net/gubgib/Stuart Miles.)

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