A few nights ago I had trouble going to sleep. After an hour of tossing and turning, I decided just to get up for a few minutes and try again later. Like every person awake well after their bedtime, I decided I needed something to eat. So, I grabbed the bag of M&M’s on the counter and started eating.
As I was pouring the second handful, I dropped an M&M. Knowing that chocolate isn’t good for dogs, I decided that I better not just try to kick it under the counter, but better pick it up. As I felt around in the dark, I couldn’t find it. I rubbed my hand across the floor all over, but couldn’t find it for anything.
Eventually, I had an idea…
I turned the light on. I found the M&M about 10 feet from the spot I was looking. Apparently that sucker rolled a while after I dropped it.
Aside from being a pitiful illustration, this taught me a lesson.
Don’t feel around blindly for something that can be easily seen in the light.
We all do it…
- We jump from job to job looking for something to make us happy.
- We chase goal after goal looking for purpose.
- We try method after method looking for satisfaction.
- We strive for perfection looking for acceptance.
The entire time, we’re just feeling around in the dark.
We seldom take the time to turn the light on – talk to God, listen to God, and obey God.
The truth is,
- God does want us to be happy.
- He does have a purpose for us.
- He does offer satisfaction.
- He already accepts us.
And He’s waiting to tell us.
He’s waiting to direct us.
Our first instinct is often just to feel around in the dark.
Turn the light on and turn the world UPSIDE down.