“You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.” Psalm 18:28
One night a storm in our area caused a power outage. It is interesting how dark the night can become when there is no source of light. I got out of bed and began making my way into another part of the house, but then began wondering if items like a pair of shoes or my backpack might have been left out in the floor from earlier in the evening before retiring for the day.
Then there was a flash of lightning, enough to quickly reveal the contents of the room putting my concerns at ease. I could walk forward, for there were no obstacles in my path. I made my way to the back door and looked outside into the night. I could hear the wind and rain, but could see nothing. Then a second flash of lightning temporary permitted me to see the area behind the house before the darkness returned.
There are many obstacles before us in this world. Attempting to move forward in our own strength, solely in our own wisdom will cause us to fumble in the dark. God is our source of light, and He is not just a momentary flash, but a consistent provision to illuminate the darkness.
In a world of darkness, Lord, you provide light. You reveal things as they are so we might see those things in our path which cause us to stumble. You reveal them and ensure safe passage around them or you allow us to wait until you remove them. When you light up the darkness, it is no longer a threat to me. I seek and embrace your light, for you are the light of the world. Amen.