I know that during their journey in the wilderness, prior to arriving at the Promised Land, God led them. He led them by a pillar of fire during the night, and a cloud by day. What a wonderful thing it must have been to know the exact place you needed to go and to have the obvious and present leadership of God to get there. You would think that they would have never strayed.
But they did. Many times. There clay feet of faithfulness would doubt. There was so much doubt that an entire generation was not allowed to enter, hence the wandering in the wilderness until the faithful young was leading the nation.
I recall a time in my youth when my parents were trying to come to the aid of a drug addict. We were in our car trying to get to him by way of driving over a muddy Texas field after days of rain. We reached the young man. When the entire ordeal was over, my dad got back into the car. His feet a muddy mess, but the wheels on the car were clean and there was no mud spatter on the car.
While we weren’t led by fire or cloud, we knew we had participated in a small journey of faith. A journey in which we were led and God provided.
Psalm 119.105 reminds us “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
There are times in my life when I have been the “keeper of the map” when on trips. Whether it be the old days of paper, or the new days of GPS I seem to have a small aversion to “reading them correctly”. At least we end up on some fun adventures! But despite my shortcomings in “map ability” a good map is a wonderful way to get from point A to point B. Just as a great guidebook is a wonderful way to experience a vacation to a new location.
During ancient Bible days the only light either came naturally, by sun or moonlight, or by oil lamps. Traveling during the night was not common in those days. Most people came in at dusk and were safe inside their walled cities or tents by nightfall. If one needed to be out in the dark, it was usually for something very important.
That’s why this scripture brings me comfort. During the dark times, the not so sure time, the less illuminated times when the route and path may not be as clear God’s word will light my way. I need only walk in faith. I need only see the step in front of me.
You too may be facing a time of darkness. Maybe the path ahead can’t be seen, but you know you are where you need to be in life. I can only encourage you to do as I have done. Lean on God’s word. Let it be a lamp to your feet and light the path ahead.
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Hugs and feathers from the nest~~()~~
Kim Steadman is the COOP (Chief Online Operating Person) for The Re-Feathered Nest. A place of encouragement for moms entering the Empty Nest Zone who are ready to RePurpose and ReDesign according to God’s purpose for their lives now that the kids have flown the coop. Kim can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheRefeatheredNest and on Google+ at +Kim.