Walking Into The Light

January 9, 2017
by Walter Haldorson

1 Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (KJV)

Isaiah 42:16b – I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. (KJV)

Some years ago, I checked in at a high-rise hotel, and was instructed by the hotel clerk how to find my room. I stepped into the elevator and pressed the button for the floor to which I had been directed. When the door opened, I stepped out into an inviting, brightly lit lobby. However, when I looked down the hallway where the clerk said that I would find my room, I was surprised to see that it was totally dark. Concluding that the hallway lights must be burned out, I decided that my only recourse was to try to grope my way down the hall in the darkness. Before walking more than a couple of metres, however, a ceiling light above me came on. Then, after walking a few more metres, a second ceiling light farther along came on, and so on down the hallway. I realized then that this was an energy-saving system: the lights came on by motion detection. So, despite some initial uncertainty on my part, the light was there for me when I needed it. Probably other hotels have this same system, but this was the first one that I had ever seen, or have seen since.

The thought came to me how much this is like our Christian journey, where we can now only "see through a glass, darkly". God doesn't expect us to find our own way, so He lights our path by His Word. We don't need to grope in the dark. Let us walk confidently with the truth of God's Word to guide us, and as we walk confidently, the way will open up before us.

Isaiah 2:5 – O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord. (KJV)

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for providing Your Word to show the way for us. Help us to walk it day by day with confidence. Amen.

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Walter Haldorson <walter.haldorson@sympatico.ca>
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Well done. Write again.


    Great thoughts for today Walter.


    Thank you for this very clear picture!


    An excellent analogy. I am sure to remember. Thank you.


    Great analogy! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    Blessings.


    Thanks for sharing your experience and the lesson you drew from it. Blessings.


    Good morning Walter,
    Thank you for your inspirational story “Walking Into The Light”.


    Thanks, Walter, for this simple but effective illustration of the Biblical passages.
    (Texas)


    Dear Walter Haldorson,
    Thank you for a fine message put upon a good illustration.
    Keep writing.


    Good morning Walter. Before I started my morning prayer this morning I closed my eyes and pretended that my heart had a pilot light and I prayed to God that He would ignite it and shine into my whole being so that I might have His light and shower it on to others. Then I opened up today’s devotional and kind of smiled when I read yours. Thank you,
    (QC)


    Hi Walter
    Perhaps coincidence…???
    I conducted the most difficult funeral of my life.
    Almost exactly a year ago, a bright young man with some previous addiction issues came into my life. We studied scripture, prayed together often. He lived with me off and on for about 5 weeks all together. We were like father/son. He often told me he loved me.
    Recently he thought he could “be bad, one more time.” as he told his grandmother. Took Fentynal and died instantly.
    I used 1 cor 13:12 telling the congregation that although he made a huge mistake, that God is supremely forgiving and today he is with God in a way that we will only fully understand when our time here on earth is finished. Only then, we will see God clearly
    Blessings.


    Hi Walter,
    God’s word is indeed a light on our path of life. Thank you for writing.
    Blessings.

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