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Light for the journey.


Nothing worse than turning house lights out at night and then navigating through the house in darkness. Eyes haven't had time to adjust and obstacles await the unsuspecting toe or shin. We have inherited a couple motion activated lights from the former pastor. When you walk by them, the light turns on to illuminate the way forward. They work really well and have saved us from a few painful toe-stubbings. In a minute or less they turn off to await the next motion.

Last night I walked outside and looked at our mini solar lights along the flowerbeds. These lights aren't very big nor are they powerful in brightness. They do however illuminate the way forward. In the darkness, it doesn't take much light to make a huge difference between walking or stumbling. Overnight, they work silently and then in the morning await the power of the sun to replenish their batteries.

God speaks to us through the Holy Bible and reveals the nature and character of the Divine. The shepherd boy David realized the importance of following God's instruction and penned reference to the same.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." (Psalm 119:105, NIV)

God offers illumination for our path. While it would be difficult and painful to navigate life in darkness, God has sent His light into the world in Jesus Christ. We no longer have to walk in darkness but go forward with more confidence because of the illuminated path.

In some ways, we are mini solar lights. We are charged by the Spirit of God and are to offer guidance to others who may stumble in darkness. We don't have to be a powerful laser or a beacon light at the airport. We simply need to reflect the light of Christ outward so that darkness is thwarted.

"For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles,that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:47, NIV)

How is your journey going? Are you stumbling into painful obstacles? Or perhaps, life is going pretty well right now. Hopefully you are experiencing the latter and not the former.

If life's journey is going pretty well, consider becoming a light for one who is experiencing painful obstacles. Be a light!


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