The Lighted Path

August 18, 2003

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

Many of us, I'm sure, have been out in the woods somewhere, and have had to find our way back to a cabin or a tent in the dark, even if only for a distance of a hundred feet or so.

This happened to me many years ago, when I found myself arriving by motorboat at the end of a lake, where there was a path through the woods for about a quarter of a mile to the cabin. I knew the lake very well, and it was no problem motoring the mile or so up the lake in the dark, but, when I got to shore, I found that I didn't have my flashlight with me. In a land inhabited by wolves and black bears, I didn't feel very comfortable, but I had no choice. I found my way in the dark, sometimes stumbling on tree roots and rocks, but eventually — after many prayers asking God for guidance — I saw the light from the cabin window, and then easily made it to the safety and warmth of the cabin.

I found my way because it had been familiar to me, but, in the dark, things change, and, if I hadn't known the way really well, I could have become lost. Years later, I read today's scripture verse, and realized that the Word of God was indeed the lamp to my feet and the light for my path. Just as God's Word was a lamp for me long ago, it is still a lamp for each of us today.

Prayer: Blessed Father God, we gather at Your feet, and thank You for being the lamp to our feet and the light for our paths. We ask You, Lord, to continue to show us the way every day, so that we will shine for You always. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

About the author:

Gerry O'Brien
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Canada

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