Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Have you ever stumbled around in the dark? I have on numerous occasions and usually it ends with me finding a light source only after finding unidentified objects in my path with my shins and toes! Walking around in darkness is never desired, we need to see where we’re going in order to navigate safely through.
A few years ago I went on a cave tour in the mountains of Tennessee. We descended down into this cave with our tour guide, at the surface it was a hot summer day, but when we arrived to the bottom of the cave it was a chilly fifty degrees. After some instructions from our guide, we took another hike through some narrow portions of the cave. We even crawled through some spaces at one point, which made it just a little bit claustrophobic for some. Finally after we had climbed through the narrow crevice we found ourselves in a large cavern with walls that were at least 15 feet tall. The ceiling sparkled as there were numerous deposits of some kind or another. Finally our tour guide asked us to trust him and to do something unthinkable. He asked us to turn our lights off. So we did and suddenly our entire group was plunged into complete and total darkness. It was momentarily unnerving when I considered how deep we were and all of the rock that hovered over our heads. It was so dark that I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face. Our tour guide then spoke and said, this is what complete and total darkness feels like.
Sometimes in our spiritual lives we find ourselves in places like this. Suddenly the light goes out and we’re standing there in the dark afraid and on the verge of panicking. Perhaps we get there by our own strength and resources, we stray from God and try to do everything ourselves. Other times we neglect our devotion and prayer life with God and we become disconnected with the Father. And again suddenly we are plunged into a darkness of our own choices.
Whatever situation you may identify with know that this darkness can be conquered by His Word and His love! He can and will guide us through this life if we let Him. All too often I identify with the darkness because I take back my cares and concerns and think that I can do it all in my own strength. Have you ever done that? At times I think (and wrongly so) I don’t need any one’s help I’ve got this…but I couldn’t be more wrong.
His Word will light our path if we’re consuming it daily! But don’t stop there, allow His grace to fall on you each day, moment by moment as you invite Him into your day throughout your day!
He will be your guide…do you trust Him?