The Shadowy Pathway
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
Imagine being back on a camping trip with your family or maybe the cub scouts or girl scouts you were a part of. In the middle of the night you had to leave your tent or cabin to go to the bathroom. Maybe you’re the one who tried to hold it in as long as possible because of the dread of going outside at night. It’s scary out there, in the unknown.
Finally, you can hold it in no longer and grab a flashlight to embark on your journey into the unknown. The flashlight only lights what it is shown on. If you put the stream of light in front of your feet, you make sure you can see what’s ahead and avoid tripping. When you hear noises and concentrate your light onto the bushes and trees, that’s when you trip. Your focus wasn’t on the trail anymore, it was on the distractions and unseen scary things you knew were hiding in the darkness.
I think that the same is true in life sometimes. Psalm 119 tells us that God’s Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I don’t know about you, but I want to see the big picture not just have my path lit. Sometimes I wish the Lord would shine a big spotlight in the trees and bushes of life so I can reassure myself that there aren’t any scary things lurking there. It’s usually when I get distracted on being reassured that I trip, because I took my focus off the lighted path in front of me.
It’s so easy, in life, to take our eyes off the path in front of us and focus on trying to figure out the big picture. Here’s something I’ve learned in my journey with the Lord; rarely does He show us the big picture, He usually shows us the next step. He is a lamp unto my feet, not the yard light of my life. Most times He isn’t going to show me the grand plan.
I don’t know where you are in your journey with Jesus. There are times He chooses to show you more of the puzzle. When He does rejoice! But when He chooses to light just the path in front of you, just be thankful that you have the light. It’d be pretty scary navigating life without one!
Lord, help us to concentrate on the light of Your Word and the next step You have in front of us. May we continually walk with You along the path You have placed us on, one step at a time. Help us to never take for granted the light You have provided for Your people. Amen.