I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12 NIV
Have you ever stumbled and lost your way in the dark? I know I have.
If you’re like me, whether it’s feeling for a light switch, stubbing your toe in an unlit room, or stuttering your way through an unexpected conversation as you grope for the right words, the temporary state of losing control can be unsettling.
Being clouded by darkness can take on many forms-some more serious than others.
For instance, I will always remember that one night when I left at dusk for my grandson’s hockey practice a few towns over, only later to find myself panic stricken in unfamiliar territory on the return trip home.
To this day, I can recall my anxiety winding through unmarked back roads, fumbling with the map app, and watching the black sky explode into a heavy downpour, blinding my view. My heart, beating as fast as the windshield wipers were swiping, I gripped the steering wheel, and was left with no choice but to pull over to wait out the storm.
Taking this time to shift my thinking, I inhaled a few deep breaths, and began to relax. It was only then that I could connect with my inner being, and remember that my Guiding Light, the Prince of Peace, had been with me all along.
It was in that moment, that clarity erased the terror of the night, and I heard a faint whisper say, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13).
It was no coincidence that I was soon pointed in the right direction.
How could I have forgotten that God had been my copilot all along?
Overflowing with gratitude, the pounding sound of rain soon turned into a calming pitter patter to soothe my soul.
Relief and foolishness seemed to wash over me as I pulled into my driveway, opened the door to praise God, and enjoy the fresh scent of rain.
How many times do you and I have to patiently wait out a storm?
Now, my sister, I do not know what darkness you are currently going through-it could be a physical struggle, loneliness, finances, the sting of a broken relationship, or even a misplaced set of keys, but there are a couple of things I do know.
Our God is a God of faithfulness.
The Old Testament states, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. (Genesis 28:15).
God is with us in big and small things, and will always lead us where we need to be.
For Jesus promises, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8: 12).
These words remind me that seeing with eyes of faith, looking with my heart, and tapping into the gift of the Holy Spirit, allows the Light of Christ to shine in my life.
In the days ahead it is my prayer that you and I may trust Jesus to illuminate our path, direct our thinking, and follow his light out of any spiritual darkness that dims our view.
Realizing that God’s word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path (Psalm 119: 105), we center ourselves to seek comfort, and internalize that God is in control.
Leaning into God’s voice we discover He is all we need.
God’s got every situation and so do we.
Until next time…
May the Spirit of God lead you, the Word of God sustain you, and the promises of God grant you the gift of everlasting peace.
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