“Your word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.”Psalm 119:105
I know people who enjoy storms, but I am not one of those people. It’s not a paralyzing fear, but as the storm clouds gather and the skies darken and the warnings sound, I find myself excitedly moving around the house making preparations. And one of those preparations involves light. If I need to seek shelter in the basement and if the power goes out, I know I’m going to need light. Candles, flashlights, lanterns…I’m gathering every light source I can find because I don’t know what the storm is going to bring. What I do know is that darkness can be disorienting, and it will be easier to navigate the storm’s aftermath if I have light to see it clearly.
The psalmist knows that to be true not just in the aftermath of a literal storm but also in the darkness of this world. Maybe your life is in a storm right now or you’re in the aftermath of a storm. Remember what the psalmist sings in verse 105: God’s word illuminates your path. That isn’t a declaration that the path is smooth or free of difficulty. It’s a declaration that God’s word helps us to see our circumstances as they really are and to get our bearings. In the midst of a storm or in its aftermath, God’s word helps us to see what’s going on around us, but we don’t need to wait until the storm is on the horizon to start making preparations. We can seek the light of God’s word in good times as well as bad. His testimonies are the joy of our hearts! His word gives us life! So let’s look to Him and listen to His word so that we can see where He is leading.