Seeking the Light

Over the past few weeks, a recurring theme has come up in a number of different arenas.  As I am a firm believer in God-ordained moments as opposed to coincidence, I have found myself sitting up a bit straighter and paying a tad more attention to the words and ideas that are frequently crossing my path these days.  In fact, today, I’m being nudged to write them down in hopes that these thoughts can be an encouragement to someone along the way.

It’s not new.

It’s not a brilliant revelation.

But, for me, it just seems timely.

Last week Friday, we had a retreat out at Calacali with some of our Spiritual Life team from Alliance Academy International.  To open this time together, Brad shared a number of verses from Psalm 18.  While all were relevant and powerful, these were a focus:

28 You light a lamp for me.
    The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
29 In your strength I can crush an army;
    with my God I can scale any wall.

Brad went on to have us picture in our minds the image of a candle in a dark room.  If you think on this picture, the candle doesn’t light up the entire space.  Corners and shadows still hover in darkness.  But, a pathway exists.  A light to maybe take one step, or perhaps two.

IMG_7901Consider if you are in the middle of a power outage and you need to find your way to another room.  What do you do?  Where do you place the candle in this situation?  You hold it out in front of you.  It lights the way…it gives a path.  It casts light on the way you should go, illuminating your next steps.   You may walk slowly, cautiously, but you move forward despite not being sure of the obstacles ahead.

So it goes with our Christian walk.  God often times, in his sovereignty, does not reveal the whole picture…the whole path for us.  But, He is faithful in showing us the way we should go.  We may stumble, catch a toe, but we can keep moving forward because He is the light.

It’s something we all hear, and I think we all know, but do we really trust this? IMG_7909 Are we content with God showing us but a piece of the overall picture?  Do we fill in the blanks of what we don’t know and cannot see? Do we feel that we are safer if we just go our own way, from what we think we know is best, trusting in our control?  Or, do we venture out further than the light can be cast and find ourselves with the light at our backs instead of out in front?

Bottom line, how many times do we try to go beyond the light because we just plain want to go our own way?

I want to encourage you today…

If you’ve lost someone you love and you just can’t figure out why this has happened…

If you are making decisions for the future and are trying to discern the path God wants you to travel…

If you are struggling with temptations and waging the war on sin controlling your life…

If you are trying to manage all the different responsibilities and feeling overwhelmed with seeking balance…

If you are doubting your ability to be effective in your little corner of the world…

If God feels far away and distant…

If darkness and despair are threatening to overtake you…

Whatever it may be that you struggle with today, focus on the light from the candle in the room.  It may be a flicker, it may be a beacon, but make no mistake about it, there is light.

And…

Do you see what that second part of Psalm 18 says?  Verse 29 states:

29 In your strength I can crush an army;
    with my God I can scale any wall.

He, incredibly, promises us a mighty power, a strength beyond what we can imagine!  Crushing an army? Scaling any wall?  Phrasing it in my own words – he’s got each and every day in day out small, medium, or big problem we face covered through his power.

Period.

We can claim this and trust in His word – whatever your struggle, God is mightier than each and every one of them.   Fall 2015 596

He is the candle that lights our way.  Embrace that today and know that the very next step in your struggle is one of victory and peace when you focus on the light that is Jesus.

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

Praying you will not only seek but ultimately find the light in the darkness…

Sarah

 

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