“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Psalm 119:105 (KJV)
Many of us are very familiar with this scripture…it is a common verse. We have probably heard it many times. We have heard songs written about it.
I want to talk a little bit about this verse today because it really came alive for me recently.
I won’t get into details because I am saving that for another post but I will say that recently I have had to rely on the Lord more than ever, in a way I haven’t had to before. This reliance on His promises, His provision, His grace and His never ending love and mercy is, I admit, new to me. I have had it pretty easy. Much easier than I ever knew before now. I have never been in a circumstance where I did not know if I was going to be “ok”. It is unfamiliar territory.
I wanted to read the end of the story. I wanted to know how this was going to turn out for me. I wanted it to unfold a certain way as though I was a ghost writer holding the pen but using God’s name as author. But each and every time I thought I was FINALLY going to see the ending to the story I wanted, the plot changed.It was like I was trying to be a ghost writer but using God's name as author Click To Tweet
Then this scripture came up. I am not sure where or why. I can’t recall if it just popped into my head (it IS a familiar one as I stated earlier) or if I heard it in a song playing in the background. I just don’t know. But in my head it now was and God called my attention to something in it that I had never noted before.
Picture walking down a dark pathway. And someone hands you a light. But not a very bright one…keep in when this was penned. They didn’t have flood lights lighting a path the way we may have outside our homes. They didn’t have street lights. The light spoken of here is likely a candle or an oil lamp. It doesn’t put out a lot of light. So picture this candle or oil lamp lighting your feet.
You wouldn’t be able to see far out in front of you. You would be able to see your feet and the path immediately in front of you, and the path would become illuminated further with each step forward. But your sight would be limited to your immediate location.
I was attempting to flood my entire course with light rather than rely on God to illuminate my steps along the way. I wanted to see the whole picture while God was asking me to trust Him with the little steps along the way. I was demonstrating a lack of faith that He WOULD provide, that He WOULD take care of me, that He WOULD make everything ok. I wanted it now and He was asking me to focus on each small step that He and His Word and His promises lit for me. I wasn’t relying on His Word. I wasn’t relying on His promises. I was buying into the lie of the enemy that God didn’t have me because I couldn’t see ANYTHING going the way I thought it should to make the situation “OK”.I was attempting to flood my entire course with light rather than rely on God to illuminate my steps… Click To Tweet
One verse. I had to meditate on this one verse. I had taken a step back and took some time away from blogging and other things to focus on the bigger issue without realizing I was allowing this uncharted course to cause me to deviate from my blog and some other things in my life. I had to get back on the path. Because regardless of the light of His Word, when we take our eyes off God we can fall off our path. I had to allow God to set me gently back on the path He has for me. To focus on His Word and allow it to keep me on course. And I now can approach this path He has me on with new eyes…eyes that are viewing the road ahead one small step at a time.
What are you trying to view all at once? What path ahead are you trying to gain all the answers to at once rather than resting in each small step?
What path ahead are you trying to gain all the answers to at once rather than resting in each small… Click To Tweet