“The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.” Proverbs 4:18
For three decades our family has lived in a small valley in Arkansas. Most days I rise before the sun’s light breaks over the hill to the east of our house. When I sit to read, there is only darkness outside, but as the time continues the sunlight eventually exposes the outline of trees and other foliage within view until finally the beauty of the valley is seen. I have never gotten bored with this scene or taken its beauty and peace for granted. I have walked the wooded portions many times and know the area well.
One night my son came into our room with great concern in his voice as he awakened me and said, “There is fire on the hillside!” I quickly dressed, stepped outside and was met by the smell of smoke, the cracking of a large fire, and a bright orange glow. Even with a small flashlight I continued to bump and run into brush, thorn briars, and trees in the darkness of night as I made my way to a neighbor’s home, which was ablaze. Eventually the local volunteer fire department arrived and extinguished the flames.
The emergency trip in the night up the wooded hillside can be compared to life for those without the guidance of the Lord. They run about living vainly self-guided and for self-preservation. They are unaware of the danger and obstacles their enemy has strategically placed before them for their demise. They will stumble and fall. The wise will follow the Lord and their way will be bright as the noon day.
My righteousness is through You alone, Savior, and my heart is grateful for Your provision of light. You give me hope and guide the steps of my path this day. Amen.