Don’t forget to turn on your flashlight

Psalm 119: 105

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.  NIV

This is another verse that has been written into a praise song — one that I dearly love.

This entire chapter of the Book of Psalms, and it is a long one, is filled with reminders not to worry.  This chapter is one that a friend and I consulted many times in the last year of her life.  The writer is struggling mightily, but, consistently cries out to God with his problems, and fully recognizes that God is the only hope to solve them.  Though my friend lost her battle with cancer, she never lost her faith, and consistently pointed others to Christ as the only hope that any of us have.

I love the imagery of this verse.

God’s teachings provide not only a lamp for my feet … an immediate help so that I will not stumble on the rocks that might be in my way as I take the next step, like a flashlight … but also a light for my path, like the small lights along a wooded path.  When I think about nature walks that I have taken on lighted paths, it often happens that the light is not strong enough so that I can see all of my surroundings.  Each lamp is just bright enough so that I don’t get lost between the pools of light along the way.

So, as I make my way through this day, I will rely on God’s word to keep me from stumbling, and  I will recognize that I am not meant to see the path before me in its entirety.  God knows what is ahead, and He has provided just the right amount of illumination so that I can take the next steps and plot my path without trepidation.

That’s a good way to start today.

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