Published on September 27, 2019


Into the Light 

It was one of the shorter texts that I learned while growing up in a church-going family: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105, KJV). The potential of this text for triggering the imagination was massive.

I could imagine one of those old-fashioned kerosene lamps—the kind that you had to light with a match—swinging from my hand as I walked on a dark and mysterious forest trail.

I could imagine a big flashlight that used a bunch of D-sized batteries and threw out a massive light that would freeze predators in their tracks when it shone on them.

I could imagine holding aloft one of those pitch-soaked torches that were always at the ready in adventure movies, and I would be chasing back the darkness for everyone clustered around me.

I could imagine being on vacation somewhere in the wild on a dark summer night and, holding a small flashlight close to my body and surreptitiously shining it only at my feet, I would be able to slip away from the people looking for me in a game of hide-and-seek.

I could imagine a giant searchlight like you might find on a large ship, lighting the churning water and helping us get to safety.

I could imagine a match—just one match—struck quickly until it flamed brightly, and then using it to light a candle that suddenly illuminated the whole room when it flared and caught hold.

Even now when I read this text, it is in grand and heroic terms that I imagine what the light of God’s word is capable of. It can be as personal as a flashlight held in my hands, with guidance that is only for me. Or it can be as bright as a beacon, providing enough light to help save a multitude.

Knowing how vast and how varied God’s care can be, it can feel like you are living in a grand adventure, where the light and help you need is thrust into your hands at just the right moment—and it can also feel like the spark of light from a single candle that is meant for you and you alone to see and be comforted by.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Imagine the possibilities!

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