Of all the things I’m world-famous for, I’m pretty certain that wearing matching socks isn’t up there in the top ten. My morning sock choosing strategy is based entirely on which are closest to the top of the drawer and not at all on whether the designs are even vaguely similar.
This is normally not an issue; the visible parts of most of my socks are plain black, so I can get away with it. But the other morning was a different story.
I had an important meeting that day, so wanted to wear matching, plain black socks. I carefully compared the socks in the drawer and found a smart pair, and left for work feeling confident in my sock choice.
Of course, when I got on the train and looked down I realised that my initial confidence was founded in a lie; I was wearing one black sock, and one blue sock! D’oh! The room I’d chosen the socks in was too dark to properly compare the socks, so despite my efforts I ended up doing exactly what I’d tried to avoid.
It’s not really about the socks.
How often do we make important choices based on incomplete or inaccurate information without realising it’s wrong? I would have bet money that morning that my socks were matching and black, but they weren’t, despite me having checked and double-checked – I was making the decision in the dark.
But Jesus is the light of the world. With him, important decisions are not made on poor information, they are made with perfect information. He tells us what’s right and wrong, but more importantly he gives us access to the Father and, by the Holy Spirit, the ability to choose right from wrong.
Being a Christian is phenomenal.