Walking in the dark is an unnerving experience if it is a place where we have never been before. In new or strange places without light we become disoriented; even in familiar places we can feel unsure of ourselves. We walk more slowly with less confidence. Sounds in darkness are different; we listen carefully but sometimes it is hard to decipher sounds and to know exactly from where they are coming. Darkness can feel thick and heavy, uncomfortably close. It can be frightening and overwhelming until we find a light.
When we do find a light, be it bright or somewhat dim, everything changes. We can see where we are and if there are any obstacles or barriers or dangers in our way. When we see clearly the unknown is not as frightening. When we are in lighted places we feel lighter, freer, and less stressed.
The world is filled with dark places. Sometimes the dark is a place where we can become lost and afraid; a place where we can stumble or fall into traps and snares, be misled and deceived. Often the darkness in the world is not a place but circumstances or situations. The darkness can be difficult relationships, financial problems, health challenges, doubt, anxiety, sorrow, loneliness. Anytime we feel a sense of doom or unexplained fear or confusion we are in darkness. We may find ourselves in that darkness but we need not be without light.
You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
Psalm 18:28 nlt
God’s glory illuminates His lamp, Jesus, to burn bright without flickering. With this light our darkness is brightened and we can see impediments and dangers. We can see what is happening with clarity and proceed in the security and comfort of the Light. With God’s lamp lighting the way our walk is sure-footed, and even in adversity, it is joy-filled.
Your word is a lamp to my feet,
and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105 esv