Personality tests come in various shapes, sizes and colors, so I’ve learned. At a Christian women’s retreat a couple of years back the leadership team decided to use a short, fun, colorful personality test both as an ice breaker and way to divide into teams. This particular quiz divided the room full of women into “reds,” (outgoing, take charge individuals), “yellows” (conscientious rule-followers and hard workers), “blues,” (tender-hearted harmony seeking people) and a minority of “greens,” (thinkers, learners and problem solvers). While all these tests are just indications, and it is pointed out that most people have more than one “color,” this quiz indicated a predominance toward these characteristics. I was a green. Greens like logical approaches and need to know the “why” behind decisions and like to think of helpful solutions.
The life of faith in Christ has a particular challenge for the “greens” among us. The very essence of faith means we usually don’t know the “why” and we don’t get to create the helpful solution. We place much in God’s hands and trust that He is indeed working all things together for the good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose (reference: Romans 8:28). Then we trust, wait and obey.
In the classic devotional, Streams in the Desert, a verse from Joel is the basis for a great comment by C.H. Spurgeon. First the verse:
And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered. (Joel 2:32)
All of us, no matter what personality “color” we lean towards can find ourselves in that “whosoever.” When we come upon troubles and trials and perplexing situations we can take these words of C.H. Spurgeon to heart:
My case is urgent, and I do not see how I am to be delivered; but this is no business of mine. He who makes the promise will find ways and means of keeping it. It is mine to obey His commands; it is not mine to direct His counsels. I am His servant, not His solicitor. I call upon Him, and He will deliver. C.H. Spurgeon
Even as a “green,” is so comforting to know the final outcome of that which concerns me is not my deal, it’s His business.