Driving home from work on this dreary evening, I had an epiphany. It was quite difficult to see because everything seemed to blended in varying colors of gray- from the road to the sky with the mask of the steady heavy rain-it looked to be a desaturated moving picture. My mind wandered to some of the PhotoShop tricks I have learned from my husband of desaturating pictures, while leaving hints of color as I viewed the peppering red tail lights in front of me. The analogy began to enter my mind at this point, of how often we go through life and seem to be entering into gray, uncharted areas. We can’t really see much of what’s ahead of us due to the cloak of uncertainty. Also, we have trouble determining our course when we look behind us only to see the blurred images of other vehicles shining blinding lights in our eyes. The territory begins to become navigable when our eyes adjust and recognize that the cautionary red tail lights ahead of us signal that we are in fact surrounded by color if we will only look for it. God tells us that He, “is not the author of confusion, but of peace…” (1 Corinthians 14:33). As I was slowly steering my wheel, I began to see colors that helped guide me on the road that I was meant to travel. When I looked closely, I saw green trees and grass, a yellow road sign, a bright green highway sign, and even the colors of the cars around me. I was reminded of how our gentle Heavenly Father speaks to us and guides us so often as divinely penned in Isaiah 30:21, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
It’s not always obvious where God wants us to travel on the road that we call life, but His direction is embedded in the path that He has for our footsteps. Even if we get off of the route we were meant to be on, He still graciously provides color to divide the gray if we look hard enough. We just have to open our eyes and see. Perhaps the light coming from behind us isn’t there to perpetuate the gray landscape that envelopes us, but to spur us on and illuminate the passage before us beyond our own dim lights and to be able to see the colorful markings that lead us to our destination.
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2
Oh, what color our eyes have yet to behold.