Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
This morning while I was laying in bed awaiting the moment that I hadto get up, I kept thinking about this verse. The KJV says it this way, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” They say virtually the same thing, one just happens to be modern day language. I often think of this verse or at least the phrase, a lamp unto my feet.
As I laid there this morning, I pictured a lamp unto my feet.
Walking along a path with a lamp that I hold out before me, I can see only the next step clearly. Everything beyond that circle of yellowish-orange glow is darkened and hard to make out. But If I look right where I’m going to place my next step, then I can see in remarkable detail. When I stand still, I can see that the toes of my feet puncture the warm glow of the circle of light. When I look behind me, I see only darkness. If I hold the lamp above my head, I can no longer see in complete detail the ground before me, but I can see a little further around me even though it is not so clear.
This is how it is with the Lord. He guides us step by step. He never lets us down, but keeps us from danger. He carries us through the hard times by taking us one step at a time. If we look ahead, we don’t see things clearly. When we look behind, it is just darkness. If we raise the lamp and try to place it above us or otherwise away from us, things become indistinct. But if we place it in the normal position, we can see clearly the ground one step before us.
I suppose that is where I have become confident in that I believe that I only have to take the next step. I know that as I take one step towards God, Jesus, walking right beside me will also take one step. But I always have to take the first step.
I must also confess that the first time that this was really revealed to me was when I read a short excerpt of a book about Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie was in the concentration camps during WWII for being sympathetic to the Jews. The excerpt of her story was that she was giving a talk about forgiveness in Germany many years after the war. At the end of the talk, a man walked up to her and extended his hand and said something like, “Frauline, I was a guard in Ravenbrook during the war, I have since become a Christian and I know that what I did was wrong. Will you please forgive me?” Now this guard Corrie just happened to remember. She said that it was a guard that she was very angry at when she was there because of an even that took place there. She said that she said, “God, I can’t forgive this man. I just gave a talk about forgiveness and I can’t forgive this man.” She said it felt like an eternity to her, but she stuck out her hand and when he clasped it, suddenly, she was filled with the emotion of love and forgiveness for this man.
That story was so powerful for me that immediately I realized that all I have to do is take the first step and God would supply the emotion. God would take a step towards me for every step I took towards Him. And “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path,” took on a whole new meaning for me.
It isn’t even one day at a time, it literally is one step at a time for me, especially right now, but always. I must always look to the beautiful warm glow of the circle of light before me and step in the light. It is by knowing His word and placing it in my heart that I enter into His light. As Paul stated, “His grace is sufficient for me.” His light is sufficient for me too.
Step in the light, one step at a time.
May God provide the increase.