Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119: 105
The Importance of Light
I’ve always had milky white skin. Unlike my guy, who can stand in the sun for 5 minutes resulting in a nice, golden tan, it would take me an entire summer of outdoor activity to get just a tint. In fact, I have an uncanny ability to burn while sitting in the shade.
Several years ago, I didn’t feel like myself so I went to the doctor. She sent me to the lab where they tested for various deficiencies. When my results came back, they found that my Vitamin D levels were dangerously low. In fact, the doctor explained to me that I had one of the lowest Vitamin D levels she had ever seen. I left her office with a prescription for sunshine and Vitamin D supplements.
My deficiency was a predictor of a broken body: cancer, osteoporosis, heart irregularities. Not only does Vitamin D help regulate your heart beat, but a deficiency can result in soft, fragile bones. My lack of sunshine was already showing my 27 year-old body warning signs of brokenness.
Sunshine. Light. We need it to survive.
Light provides healing to our bodies, but it also allows us to see the world around us. Have you ever walked into your house late at night, having forgotten to leave a lamp on? You stumble around with your arms outstretched, trying to remember the path from point A to point B. It’s difficult, isn’t it? But as soon as you reach that switch and flip on that light, it’s as if everything becomes brighter, clearer, and safer.
His Word is a Lamp
God tells us that His word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. How? Well, when you’re stumbling around in the darkness, sometimes you bump into things, you trip over things in your path, and you veer off the path to your destination. But what would happen if you shined a flashlight at your feet? Suddenly, you can see yourself. You see yourself in a way that just can’t be seen in darkness.
Not only does God promise that His word will light your feet so you can see yourself through His eyes, but He also says that it will light your path. It will allow you to steer yourself in the right direction.
Understanding your Word brings light to the minds of ordinary people. Psalm 119:130
Where to Draw the Light
Have you ever been camping and had to get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom? You grab your flashlight, quietly unzip your tent door, climb through like a thief – trying to prevent tripping over the threshold of the tent and waking your tent mates. You could take your flashlight and shine it on your feet, which would illuminate yourself and the ground you’re standing on, but it won’t allow you to see ahead. God tells us that His word lights our path. When you take that flashlight and shine it ahead, suddenly, your path is clearly revealed. You can see exactly where you’re going.
Just like you need to be in the sunlight to protect your body and prevent disease, you need to be in God’s word. Without light, your bones become dry. Without the word, your bones become dry.
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
God is light so through him you can draw light for yourself. His light will take even the driest bones and bring them back to life.
Be the Light
When you draw light from the Lord, you too become light. There is so much darkness in the world that even the smallest amount of light can spark the tiniest bit of hope. The tiniest bit of hope can move mountains. Don’t underestimate the power of your light, even if it’s dim.
Just like my remedy for Vitamin D deficiency was to get in the sun, your remedy for light deficiency is to get in the son.
So when you’re confused, when you’re scared, when you’re lonely, when you feel unloved, when you’re angry, when you’re frustrated, when you feel ugly and stupid, when you’ve lost hope; you’re like a lost sheep wandering in the darkness inviting the devil to devour you.
If you’re confused, practice not being confused. If you’re scared, practice being brave. If you’re lonely, reach out to others. If you’re feeling unloved, love. If you’re feeling angry at something, practice being happy. When you’re frustrated, practice patience. When you feel ugly, call yourself beautiful. When you’re in darkness, get in the light.
You want hope? You want companionship? You want to feel loved? You want clarity? You want grace? Get in the Son.
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