Finding Light for Your Path

by Debbie Wilson

One night, my tender-hearted husband let our two standard poodles into our bedroom to sleep. All 87 pounds of Max stretched out on the floor beside me. His younger and smaller brother settled close beside him. Afraid I’d trip over them if I got up in the night, I decided to move them to their usual sleeping spots.

I trudged upstairs with Strider, my smaller boy, in tow and headed back for stubborn Max. Climbing the steps, Max met me. Good, I didn’t have to drag him to his bed.

Finally, I could settle down. I strode the few feet to my bed in the dark and tripped over a wadded rug—Max’s final protest at being moved. My fall meant multiple visits to the chiropractor and an aching shoulder.

Why did I fall on the familiar jaunt to my bed? The darkness hid the unexpected snare that lay between me and my bed.

We need light. We live in a dark world. To complicate matters, Satan and his emissaries masquerade as angels of light. Wolves dress as sheep—sometimes as shepherds. How do we safely navigate life?

We walk in the light. Even a few steps over familiar territory can prove dangerous in the dark. “Your word is a lamp to my feet. And a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105 NASB1995).

The Psalmist describes God’s word as a lamp. Imagine walking on a dark night with a lantern. How far ahead would you be able to see? A lantern would light only the next step or two, not the whole path.

Sometimes we want God to light the whole road before we take the first step. But to walk in the light means to walk by faith and take the step lit before us.

God’s word is not a GPS that shows every turn along the path. When we’re yoked to Him, He shows the next step. He walks with us and helps us with the snags we face along the way. “Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble” (Ps. 119:165 NASB1995).

The turmoil in our world can cause us to fret. Should we buy farmland, retire, buy or sell a business or a home, or stay put?

Trust God to Lead You. Years ago, my husband and I wrestled over whether to buy a lot for a house we wanted to build. As we sought the Lord, my daily Bible reading presented verses saying, “Wait on the Lord, and He’ll give you the land.” I told Larry, I’m not sure what this means, but wait and land” keep showing up. We decided to wait.

A year later, the Scriptures of notice changed to “When you go into the land and build your fine houses…”

Larry said he’d been sensing it was time to act, too. During our wait we found a better house plan for our sloping lot and fine-tuned what we needed. Twenty-five years later, we’re in the same house and are thankful we listened to God and waited.

When we walk with the Lord, step by step He lights the way to the right place at the right time.

Oh, the joys of those who … delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1:2-3 NLT

This article brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Debbie W. Wilson is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary God. Drawing from her personal walk with Christ, twenty-four years as a Christian counselor, and decades as a Bible teacher, Debbie writes and speaks to connect sojourners to the heart of Christ. She and her husband Larry founded Lighthouse Ministries, a nonprofit ministry offering life and relationship counseling and Bible studies. Despite time in Boston, the Midwest, and Southern California, she still says y’all. Her family, which includes two mischievous standard poodles, calls North Carolina home. Find free resources to refresh your faith and connect with Debbie at debbieWwilson.com.

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