Last week on the Business and Family blog I spent some time talking about the concepts of simple and easy (you can read the 2 posts here: business, family). As I was working on my weekly devotional yesterday I saw a verse that reminded me of those posts and thought I’d bring the conversation over here today. The verse is Psalm 119:130:
“The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.”
What I like about the verse is how it highlights what may seem like a very obvious but important factor in how simple things are: can you really see clearly enough for something to be simple. Think about what happens when a light bulb burns out: you change it. Sounds simple, right? But it’s much easier to change in the day time than at night because of how much easier it is to find a replacement, remove the old bulb and replace it with the new one. Without any light it’s much more difficult to do what is a very simple task.
If you’re struggling with an emotion, with a problem at work, with a challenge with your partner, with something your kids are involved in, with your purpose or even with simpler things like making dinner or cleaning, maybe it’s time to get some light on the situation. Ask for the clarification you’ve been avoiding, schedule a time to talk with the people involved, make a plan for how you’re going to work through the darkness and get into the light. Don’t give up because what seems so simple isn’t turning out to be simple. Turn on some lights and see if you can see things better.