The Bible is called a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. I have found that those are two very different things.
Sometimes God’s word illuminates the whole trail. Oh happy day! I get to see exactly where I’m going and how to get there. Wonderful.
More often, however, the lamp is placed at my feet. I see just the next little step, but nothing beyond it. I have to take a stride forward, and then the lamp shows the way for the step after that. On and on it goes, sometimes through long, difficult portions of the road of my life.
God doesn’t always reveal the outcome at the beginning. He does, however, promise to be with me and guide the whole journey. He lights the path, as He said He would, even if it’s only one step at a time.
Life has many potholes, mudslides, and quicksand. A lamp for our feet is very important and pretty amazing. When we use it the road isn’t any smoother, we just don’t trip and fall as much.
Thanks for the reminder.
This post reminds me of a great example to me from years ago…
It was on a camping trip and we were in a forest. We took a hike at night along a trail with one flashlight for 6 people. One of my daughters, around 8 at the time, walked ahead right on the verge of the end of the illumination of the flashlight. She kept pace with the light, but if she sped up, she would have been out of the light and into the darkness. I marveled then that she strayed so far ahead of the rest of us in a pitch black forest, but she was comfortable where she was. She had the illumination that she needed at her feet, and walked confidently ahead even though she was just staring into darkness. Not an ounce of fear was displayed because she had the light at her feet.
Thanks for this message, it brought back this wonderful memory and the spiritual moral that goes along with it.