• Jane Wheeler

Murky



I hate driving in fog, it is remarkably like driving in a white out where you cannot see what is in front of you. You lose your sense of balance and direction, not knowing which way is front, or even back. My body starts to ramp into a panic attack when I have to drive in these conditions. Truthfully, I think I did panic attack once while driving in a snowstorm, it was horrendous! My whole body was wet with sweat down to the insides of my boots, soaking wet from the anxiety and worry of not knowing where the road was.


These conditions create a bit of a Hokey Pokey dance:

“You put your right foot in, you take your right foot out.

You put your left foot in, you take your left foot out.

You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around and that’s what its all about!”


Life can be like the Hokey Pokey, you get all turned around and do not even know which way to go.


You might be going along; life is good and then wham! Right out of the blue there is fog. Sometimes you can see the fog ahead as it skirts around the perimeter, lurking, threatening to cloud over the road of life. Other times, the fog sets in over the road and you simply must drive right into it unprepared.


I think that this is a great analogy of life. How many times do we actually know what/where we are heading?


Take marriage – you join yourself for life to another person and try to work it out as you go. Different cultures, different parents, different rules, different communication styles, simply different.


Take Divorce – you separate from the person that was supposed to be our soul mate, our other half and we stand there alone, not sure what to do, where to go and wondering when the pain will end.


Jobs – you sign up for a certain job, even have a job description. How many times has our employer strayed off the description to take us to uncertain places asking us to do things we do not know how to do or did not sign up for. We are unsure how to proceed.


Children – here is maybe the hugest one. What do we do with these little people that come with no instructions and we feel overwhelmed with the responsibility and nurture of these little needy people? How do we do it? Right or left, backwards or forward, we have no idea.


Accidents, Sickness, Death. Cloudy, Fog, White Out

All of these describe life when we do not know how to proceed and cannot see a certain path before us. We could be standing at a fork in the road and each way is murky, foggy, unclear. Unsure, we step gingerly onto the path that we think or feel is the one we should take, but really we do not know for certain.


Why is life so hard? Why are there not a set of rules and instructions to follow for every occasion?


Well, actually there is. Admit it, you knew this was coming, you foresaw where I was headed, the road was fairly clear… The Bible is the instruction book for life.


If you just eye rolled, you probably have not read the book yet. For instance, did you know that the Bible contains details down to the most intimate things? (yes, including sex)


If you get a boil or burn on your skin the Bible describes what to do and what to watch for. Leviticus 13:18,24


It talks about balding and what is normal balding and not. Leviticus 13:40


How to cleanse your house from a contagious disease. Leviticus 13:33-55 (Covid is nothing new)


How to treat the poor person. Leviticus 25:35-46


What to do with things that you find that others have lost, example: clothes or animals Deuteronomy 22:1-4


What to do if you find a bird’s nest. Deuteronomy 22:6-7


Seriously these instructions about life are found in the Bible. God has detailed instructions about almost everything that we will run into in life.


Why would we ever want to guess our way through life when the road gets murky? I do not have a clue about most things so I am very thankful I have somewhere to turn that I can trust and know is has been a life source for millions of others. Never mind the fact that the God who created everything wrote the instruction book.


You do not have to take my word for it. Grab a copy and look up the above scriptures, along with the above you will find a long list of other things that you probably never even knew were mentioned in there.


Who knows, that murky road right in front of you might just get a little brighter.


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