“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
One year, my dad received an industrial flashlight for Christmas. It was nearly as big as my head and could completely light up a room. When we walked at night, it could light the path one hundred feet ahead of us.
But in Psalm 119, God does not provide us with an industrial flashlight. He offers us a lamp. Of course, when the Psalms were written, industrial flashlights did not exist. But the Psalmist could have called God’s Word a torch or a blazing fire. Instead, the Psalmist compares the Word to a lamp, which provides limited but sufficient light.
Rather than lighting up the path ten feet in front of us, sometimes God just allows us a lamp, which illuminates only what is immediately in front of it. We don’t always understand God’s plan, but that is because we cannot see the full picture. Sometimes we can only see one step ahead, but that is all that is required. God only asks that we trust Him to guide us one step at a time toward the destination he has planned for us.
Lord, please grant me patience when I feel I cannot see where You are leading me. I will trust You with wherever You guide me. Amen.