Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105, ESV)
I stepped outdoors to a cloudless winter night. The cold air was brisk and a full moon hung low in the eastern sky as I made my way toward the path leading to my brother’s house. With flashlight in hand and my trusty canine companion at my side, I began the short walk through the woods.
My brother had called earlier asking for my assistance. After loading a kiln with pieces of pottery, he had to leave unexpectedly. I knew the correct temperature of the kiln and proper firing time was crucial in order to achieve the desired result of the finished pieces. I readily agreed to help.
When I reached the edge of the forest, I stopped for a moment and turned off the flashlight. The light from the moon filtered through the tall pines, making it possible to see the path. I walked the rest of the distance by moonlight, using the flashlight only when I came to denser areas of the woods.
After completing my task, I returned home feeling refreshed and invigorated by the night air. I had to check the kiln two hours later and I looked forward to another walk.
When I made my second trip, the moon had climbed higher in the sky, illuminating the landscape so as not to need any artificial light. I was able to see the path clearly and avoid roots or debris along the path that might cause me to stumble.
The moon provided light for my journey that night. God’s word provides the light for my journey through life. It is a lamp to my feet so that I can see the next step I am to take. It is a light to my path so that I can see the direction I should go. It keeps me from stumbling and falling.
As the moon rose higher in the sky that winter night, the light increased. The more I read God’s word, the clearer the path becomes. Psalm 119:15 reads, “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes upon your ways.” (ESV) Lord, give me a hunger and thirst for your precepts!