July 22, 2020
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
We’ve heard the verse a million times. I can sing the Amy Grant song by heart. But as I listened to it recently I thought, Have I become so focused on my path (that I wish to be made straight, Proverbs 3:6), that I’ve forgotten about the lamp?”
I think about all the lamps and lights I pack for a camping trip. I have headlamps, lanterns, solar lights, fairy lights, motion lights, and the trusty Maglite. When the dark closes in, I am prepared. I hand everyone a lamp, then I strategically light a path to keep everyone safe and calm fears.
God’s word is our set of spiritual lamps and lights. We feel secure, steady, and less fearful when we allow him to light our way. What if we have the ability to light the path for others? To be their light? Sometimes when the dark closes in, we get so consumed with our path that we forget others may still be in the dark, scared and unsure.
We are God’s small lamps. Every time we make a kind gesture, smile, or give a compliment we light someone’s darkness. God’s light is within us, allowing us to illuminate a path for those around us. We need to keep doing this daily. Hold the door, donate food, help a neighbor, smile and say Good Day, say please and thank you after ordering or picking up food. Small lamps combined can make a blinding bright light. Keep shining brightly!