If you’ve been anywhere on the internet or social media the past few days, you have seen this dress. It has become the focal point of controversy nationwide. Facebook battles have begun, Twitter feeds are causing madness, vine has exploded with humor and people have even taken to Amazon itself to fuel their side.
I was sitting up last night enjoying some relaxing time when I noticed the dress. It was obviously a white and gold dress. I wasn’t sure at first why someone was even posting it. Who couldn’t tell what color it was? It wasn’t until after I saw 4 or 5 people posting in my newsfeed that I even took notice. As I began to read some of the comments, I noticed that some people thought the dress was blue and black. I couldn’t believe it. So, I showed the picture to my husband and asked him what color it was.
He looked at me like I was crazy and slowly said, “Ummmm… it’s blue and black.” When I told him that I thought it was white and gold, he thought that I was playing a joke on him. He didn’t actually believe me until he pulled up his feed and saw all of you other white and golders like me! Lol What about you? What color do you see the dress above? Is it white and gold or blue and black for you? Are you #TeamWhiteandGold or #TeamBlueandBlack ?
My husband is a graphics guy, so his first instinct was to check the color of the dress via Photoshop. When we pulled it up, I was amazed. As he clicked the eyedropper tool, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The parts of the dress that I saw as white were coming up different shades of blue. The parts of the dress that I saw as gold were coming up a very dark color, close to black.
I’m not a science person by nature. In fact, I avoid science as much as humanly possible. However, as I understand it… some people’s eyes will have different preferences as to the coloring of the dress. I didn’t think much else of the dress until the middle of the night last night. I woke up and just couldn’t get it out of my head. How could my eyes be so wrong?
I started thinking about how we often let our own opinions and our own views and our own personal preferences cloud the truth. There’s so much debate about what is right and what is wrong in the world. Homosexuality? Is it simply love between two people or is it an abomination? Abortion? It is a convenient woman’s preference or the murder of an innocent baby? Adultery? Is it the connection of two soul mates who didn’t meet until after they were already married to someone else or is it a sin in the eyes of God? Democrat or Republican? Is one good and one bad? Death penalty? Is it justice or murder? Gun control? Do guns kill or do people kill? Fifty Shades of Grey? Is it a harmless love show or degrading pornography for women?
It wasn’t until I looked beyond what my eyes were telling me and compared the colors of the dress to the true colors in Photoshop that I believed that the dress was actually blue and black. And it won’t be until we compare our beliefs and our views and surrender our selfishness to the ways of God, comparing all moral things to the Holy Bible that we will know what is right and what is wrong. Our preconceived notions, our personal feelings, our love for our family and our kids, our love for our friends… as long as we allow all of those things change our understanding of what the Bible says, we will never be fully connected to God.
I don’t have all of the answers and I probably never will. But, I do know that I want to live my life as connected to God as possible. I will strive to make my opinions to be God’s opinions and my thoughts to be His thoughts. As it says in Isaiah 55: 6-9 (NIV) “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.'”