Tuesday, April 5, 2016

When We Are Confused

My husband has been at his job for 31 years. And he is ready for a change: retirement, and then after some time, he will be starting a new phase of  his life.  I, myself, am also doing a change from full-time school teaching. 

Sometimes we feel  like a deer caught in the headlights! 
Boy oh boy, are we both confused right now! The possibilities seem endless: go back to school, start a business, move somewhere and start over? We go over scenario after scenario. After 31 years of working in one place, he really doesn't know how to imagine himself anywhere else.  I am simply overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices available to us.

It's confusing when you can't see something shaping up, you don't know which direction to take. 

Yesterday, I was reading in Genesis, and came across this verse:

And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 

Genesis 1:2

I was curious about the phrase "'without form, and void."  I discovered that the words "without form, and void" refer to confusion and disorder.  There was confusion and disorder before the Spirit of God moved. Wow, I could relate! And then the verse says, the spirit of God moved. The next verse refers to the light that God brings: 

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good, and God divided the light from the darkness. 

Genesis 1:3-4

He was bringing light into the confusion, and darkness! Next, it says:

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. 


So, he created the light, but he also allowed the darkness to stay: the times of "non-light." Just as he does in our lives. We have these times of confusion and disorder, where we don't understand what is happening. 

But then, he brings light. We begin to understand, to see the form of what is happening in our lives. God is the one who moves upon the depths of our souls, showing us what we need to do. He is the one who brings light, and then direction as to go where to go. He is the one who brings wisdom. 

I know we just need to keep seeking Him, first of all, and then he will show us. Because when it is just us flailing about in our confusion, the light never seems to come. 

Are you in a time of confusion right now? Draw close to God, so He can start to bring light, and start to move. He has been bringing light into situations since the beginning of time. It's what He does! 



  1. Excellent article. Very thought-provoking and well researched and written.

  2. Thank you so much, @Paula Pie. Take care.