Night Light

January 21, 2015
by Gary Reilly

Isaiah 50:10b – Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. (NIV)

When our sons were much younger, they would enjoy the trips that we took that led us past the Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. One runway in particular runs parallel with the highway, and if we were fortunate, we would pass by just as an aircraft was either landing or taking off. For two lucky boys, they would have a minivan window seat that provided a brief, unobstructed view of a jumbo jet lumbering off the earth, or one slowly descending with a small puff of smoke as the wheels grabbed hold of the waiting pavement. Of course, they took great pleasure in narrating the event to their brothers, who feigned disinterest.

On one occasion, we happened to drive by just as a DC-10, "one of the planes daddy built", touched down in Toronto. Michael was entranced by the whole process, and so, we entered into a discussion about how big the plane was, how much it weighed, how many people it carried, and where it may have been arriving from. During a brief pause, I happened to ask Michael, "Would you rather land a jet during the day or at night?"

He thought for a brief moment (that in itself was a monumental moment), before answering, "At night."

Surprised at his answer and the confidence in his tone, I asked, "Why at night?"

"Because," he swiftly replied, "at night, you would have the runway lights to guide you."

It seemed like such a simple answer, but as I pondered his reply, I began to see his wisdom. During the day, a pilot would have much to distract him and conceal the "narrow way" that is a runway. Below, there would be roads, railway lines, rivers, and highways, while above, the brilliant blue sky and billowing clouds. However, at night, though the way be dark, there would be a light piercing the shadowy veil and illuminating the narrow road that led to safety.

Likewise, in our lives, there is much that we allow to distract us. The world is filled with shiny things and alternate paths that promise to satisfy and make us complete. There is many a broad road that leads to destruction, yet, at first appearance, seems inviting and safe. It can become hard to keep our eyes fixed on home — fixed on Jesus. Perhaps that is why God permits those times of darkness to come upon us. For in those times, His light can be more clearly seen. In those moments, we learn to walk by faith, trusting in His Word to light our path.

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

Isaiah 42:16 – I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. (NIV)

Prayer: Lord, help us not to be lured by those things around us that seek to undo us. Help us and guide us by the light of Your Son Who gives light to all people. Grant that we may have the privilege of being that city on a hill that lights the way for others. Amen.

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Gary Reilly <majorgaryreilly@gmail.com>
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the challenge Gary.


    Gary — so nice to be reminded of the Light!


    Lovely devotional Gary. Thanks for sharing. I have passed this message on to others.


    That is one wise young man. Loved your further discussion on it.
    Thanks.


    Thank you! What a wonderfully clear image of planes following the lights to land at night. Thank you for sharing.


    Dear Gary;
    Thank you for your devotional this morning; a kick start for me again.


    Good morning Gary, Thanks for contributing.
    A good meditation.
    Blessings.


    A very big AMEN to that prayer. What a wonderful reflection. Children often have the answers we adults fail to see! Thanks so much for this picture. God bless.


    Dear Gary,
    I really enjoy your devotional “Night Light”.
    Thank you.


    Good boy Gary. Your reasoning in order to make reading this morning’s Devotional sure ‘had’ me. Oh second thought, since I am a pilot, your thought does make sense. God bless.


    Thank you for your devotion this morning. Such a good reminder. May God continue to bless you as you share His love for others.


    So true!
    In my life I have prayed more earnestly and fervently when darkness surrounds.
    In such times I am more aware that only He can help.
    Shalom!


    Dear Major Reilly,
    Thank you for reminding us that Jesus is the light of the world and of our lives.
    I pray that God will cause us to walk in his light today, tomorrow, and forever, knowing he will not forsake us.
    Keep writing.


    Good Morning Gary:
    What a beautiful message demonstrating the wisdom your son possessed in knowing lights, provided by the airport, would guide his aircraft to safety in the dark. You then went on to remind us Jesus is indeed the Light of the World who our Heavenly Father (His Father) sent to guide and direct our paths when we accept Him as Lord and Savior.
    A great message. Thank you.


    Dear Gary,
    Thank you for your devotional today.
    The wisdom of children is incredible! I liked his answer as well. Reminds me of the bible verse, “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” Matt. 5:15.


    Hi Gary,
    Thank you for a very thought provoking devotional.


    Hello Gary,
    Just have to say how I enjoyed, and related to, your devotional today. For I am enjoying God’s night light at this time as my husband is terminally ill. We are coping … but my husband is not a believer, so I pray for him.
    I related also because my husband Roy worked on the DC 10 wings here in Toronto for many years. I’m afraid his memory for names is not great, never was, so he cannot connect to yours, but of course there were thousands working at McDonnell Douglas at that time.
    It was so sweet to hear the children’s response, as we had the same every time we passed the airport.
    It never fails to amaze me how many connections God sends with so many beautiful people! All of them my brothers and sisters in Christ.
    God’s Best to you Gary and your family.

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