Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
One of the chores my granddaughters are responsible for on the farm is feeding the 4-H calves after supper. They know the routine well and actually look forward to spending some time with their calves after a long day at school. Up until a few weeks ago, this chore was done in the daylight. But with the return to standard time, it is dark out there after supper.
The first weekend after daylight saving time ended, it was the middle one’s turn to feed the calves. Their pen is across the yard, past the Quonset and around a corner lined with cedar trees. An electrician had been contacted to bring some electricity to the sheds but hadn’t arrived yet. The yard light barely penetrated the start of the path. The flashlight she brought wasn’t a whole lot of help.
Her daddy knew how dark it got out there and thought she might need some help. She no sooner stepped off the driveway than he was there with her, holding a high-powered lantern so she could see where she was going. He went with her to the tack room to get the feed, walked her to the pen, and lit the troughs so she could see. A task that had seemed impossible in the dark became possible because of her daddy’s light.
I’m sure many of you know the difficulty of trying to accomplish something in the dark. You’re not sure where you’re going, not sure of the way, not sure what those shapes are looming in front of you. The only thing you are sure of is you need some light.
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 (NLT)
For some of you, these may seem like dark times in your life. You’re not sure where the path is, not sure which way to go, not sure what you are doing. But remember this – your Father goes with you in the dark. He takes your hand and quiets your fears. He shines his light on your path so you can see where you’re going. He is always there, walking beside you, holding you up, showing the way. There is no need to fear the dark times because He always brings you back to the light.
You know how scary the dark can be. But you also know that you have your Father there with you to light the way.
Knowing that God goes with us in our dark places is such a comfort and strength. And we want this same light for our dad or our mom. We want them to know what we know – that the Father is always with them, even in the dark. You can make this a focus of your prayers when you pray for them. Pray that God will find them in their darkness, take their hands, lead them along the right path and light the way back to Him and to your family.
Pray that this season of light, when Jesus came into our world to give us the promise of eternal life, will find your mom or your dad reaching out to the only One who can help them out of the dark they are in. Pray that He will shine His light on their path and that they will follow.
“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.” Isaiah 42:16
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