In the seventies, there were many fads that seemed to consume the general public. From streaking to pet rocks to CB radios, it seemed the public’s hunger for something new was insatiable. While I ignored most of these fads, one did intrigue me-the mood ring.
A clever entrepreneur placed a liquid crystal, that supposedly changed colors with one’s temperature, within a ring. As one’s emotions changed, the dubious claim was this would lead to a corresponding temperature change in the wearer, changing the ring’s color, and giving rise to the clever moniker. With a glance, anyone could discern a person’s mood by noting the ring’s color. It was a hit, selling millions, and I joined the gullible throng. No more deception! We will all finally know how someone is feeling.
Of course, it didn’t truly work and in reality, most of us do a very good job at concealing our moods. The expression, “Wear your emotions on your sleeve.” only applies to a few and how is one to know if the emotion or mood that are being expressed are actually intentional or meant to confuse or cover up our true thoughts? I don’t think an authentic mood ring exists or will ever be invented. Our minds and hearts are too adept at creating layers of deception and denial, even to ourselves. Is there anyone that can truly know our true moods and feelings?
Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, and the end of mirth may be grief.
Proverbs 14:13 (NKJV)
The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.
Proverbs 20:27 (NKJV)
The mood ring ultimately failed since it didn’t work. However, a deeper reason for its failure is why would anyone want to let others know what their mood is or how they are truly feeling? We choose to hide or disguise our moods and feelings for fear of revealing our true attitude or a myriad of other reasons known only to ourselves. Only to an omniscient and omnipresent God can we be completely transparent and honest, even with ourselves. God knows everything about us and therefore we can trust Him to understand the origins of our darkest thoughts and help us to navigate the fickleness of our hearts.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.