When it is dark, you need light.

Singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken made this observation:

I live in an old house. Along with the charms of age, this old house has some surprises. One of these is the angle of the top three stairs leading to the bedrooms. One stair is too short, while the next one is too deep. It was a creative renovation solution from a previous owner who finished the attic, but it takes some getting used to.

When I need to take the stairs at night, I’m careful to grasp both handrails. Before bed the other week, my husband was plotting how he might install some subtle lighting on those tricky stairs for safety. While I could have just learned to deal with our dark hallway and the jagged steps, I was moved by his consideration of such a small thing.

So how do you navigate life? It was something the Psalmist had an answer to:

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105, ESV)

Everyone encounters the dark places of life in which we have no answers. On those stair treads of difficulty, we need to find the light. When you have no way to go, turn to God’s word, for it is the “light on the path.”

How well can you see?

-Robert G. Taylor-