My Security Light

November 21, 2001
by Mary Daniel

Psalm 109:105 – Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (KJV)

John 3:20-21 – For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (KJV)

The security light under our bedroom window on the outside of our home had seen better days. The wiring was pretty well shot and one of the brackets had rusted away, so last year we had it replaced with a new one. Its sensor was much better, only coming on when it became dark, and not every time a breeze brushed through the trees.

It also was set high enough so as to distinguish between a person and the neighbour's cat crawling across our lawn in search of mice that might like to lurk about at midnight.

We derived some sense of security, at least, from knowing that, should anyone or anything with ill intentions happen across its path, the light would flick on, hopefully deterring them, or, at least ideally, alerting us to their presence.

The light also lit up the driveway for the delivery person who dutifully brings our newspaper between 4:05 and 4:20 a.m. every day but Sunday.

Recently, however, I noticed that I had been hearing the delivery person, but the light hadn't been coming on, so one evening I went out to investigate. It seems our beautiful maple tree had grown to such a height as to block the view of the sensor light. A person would have to be right under the light before it would come on, rather than just in the driveway.

How often in our spiritual life do we allow things, no matter how well intentioned or beautiful, to come between us and our "security light"?

Prayer: Lord, You are the light of our life. May we not let other things in our lives grow to such a point as to come between us and You. In Your name we pray. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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