After lacing up my running shoes, I headed out the front door into the night. It was late, but I didn’t think twice about running after sunset because I had a subconscious trust in the streetlights that lined the roads in my neighborhood. As I started to jog out of my driveway I could see the lights casting their orange glow onto the pavement, brightening everything within their radiuses.
I was hoping that my run and the night air would help clear my head. I felt confused about my next step in life and God wasn’t giving me an apparent answer. I felt like He was leaving me in the dark, and I didn’t like it.
Without much thought to where I was running, I ran from one sphere of light to the next. After I had been running for some time, I realized I could no longer see where I was going. I was suddenly aware of the lack of light. Now I was literally in the dark. I slowed down to a walk as I stared into an inky, enveloping darkness that covered one of the back roads I had come to during my absent-minded run. I slowed to an unsteady walk as the confidence of safety from a bright and clear path deserted me. I knew it would be dangerous to attempt to run in that darkness. That wasn’t the way I wanted to go, so I turned around and made my way back towards the light, towards safety.
As I turned, my eyes snapped immediately to one of the streetlights illuminating my new running path. As I began to run back in and out of the circles of orange light, God spoke to answer my frustrated plea.
God is light. God’s truth is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. If the road you are running suddenly becomes dark, do not be discouraged. Just slow down and look around. God’s truth is ever present, and if you look up and ask Him, the Holy Spirit will guide your eyes back to the path He wants you to run.
When you are under the light, things around you look clear and are easily defined, they make sense, they aren’t scary. When you leave the safety of that light, that’s when the fear and danger creep in. Keep running from one of God’s streetlights to the next. Keep seeking His truth. If you keep His light in your sights, you will end up where He wants you to be.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” - Psalm 119:105 NKJV
Enjoy this song that reminds us to set our eyes on the ultimate source of light, the Son!