Walk­ing in the light

The Covington News - - Business - Jan Mccoy is as­so­ciate pas­tor of First United Methodist Church of Cov­ing­ton. She may be reached at jan. mccoy@ ngumc. net.

Have you ever walked around out­side at night? On a clear and starry night, you can see where you are go­ing by the light of the moon, that is, if the moon is out. I re­mem­ber go­ing on a re­treat once. I had for­got­ten to take a flash­light, the moon was not vis­i­ble, and it was re­ally dark.

There were no street lights or porch lights, and I could not see where my feet were go- ing to step next. I walked along the road I knew was the right path, but I stum­bled as my foot hit rocks and dips in the road. I re­mem­bered that I had walked along in the light, and I tried to re­mem­ber where the holes and dips were, but I would stum­ble in the dark as I found them. Then a friend shared a light with me. Not a lot of light, but just enough for me to see where my feet were step­ping. I didn’t stum­ble any­more be­cause I could see just enough to see the holes and dips that were just ahead of me.

As we walk along life’s road, some­times the way can seem dark. We start this Chris­tian jour­ney with ex­cite­ment, but over time, we may for­get to read God’s word, and we may for­get to pray. All of a sud­den, it seems like we’re walk­ing in the dark with no spir­i­tual direc­tion.

Then we hear a ser- mon or lis­ten to some­one talk about God, and it’s just enough light for us to see where we are — for us to re­al­ize that we are walk­ing in dark­ness. Je­sus said, “ I am the light of the world. If you fol­low me, you won’t have to walk in dark­ness, be­cause you will have the light that leads to life” ( John 8: 12, New Liv­ing Trans­la­tion).

The Psalmist re­minds us that God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Have you read your Bi­ble lately? Have you spent time in prayer­ful con­ver­sa­tion with God? Why not make to­day a day full of God’s light so that you do not con­tinue to stum­ble along in the dark world?

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