Activated - - NEWS - By Steve Hearts Steve Hearts has been blind since birth. He is a writer, mu­si­cian, and mem­ber of the Fam­ily In­ter­na­tional in North Amer­ica.

This earth life is com­monly seen as one big high­way, wind­ing its way through plains, hills, moun­tains, val­leys, and tun­nels. I’ve en­coun­tered all of the above plenty of times, and I can con­fi­dently say that I like the tun­nels least of all.

Those are the mo­ments where the fu­ture is un­cer­tain and the road ahead can only be known one step at a time. My sit­u­a­tion over the past few months has in­volved a lot of wait­ing to see how things would turn out and a lot of cau­tious step-by-step moves.

Yes­ter­day, the un­cer­tainty of it all en­veloped me, quickly be­com­ing a cloud of worry and spir­i­tual dark­ness.

I prayed, “Lord, bring Your light into this,” and He brought to mind the wise, re­as­sur­ing words from the poem, “The Gate of the Year.” I had heard them plenty of times be­fore, but this time they spoke di­rectly to me:

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year,“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go into the dark­ness and put

your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” So I went forth, and finding the

hand of God, Trod gladly into the night.


As a blind man, I can re­late to need­ing as­sis­tance when on un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory. The mes­sage this im­parted to me was that I have to take God’s hand with the same con­fi­dence as when I hold the el­bow of some­one guid­ing me in the phys­i­cal, and al­low Him to guide me through this tun­nel. As long as I’m hold­ing onto Him, I don’t need to be con­cerned about the length of the tun­nel or what awaits me at its end. I can walk with Him step by step, trust­ing that I will reach the other side safe and sound.

I may not have any idea what’s on the road ahead of me. But the one I’m walk­ing with and who is guid­ing me sees and knows the road I’m on. I can trust Him to get me through the tun­nels of this life, and so can you. When things get dark, don’t give in to panic or be over­whelmed by un­cer­tainty. Sim­ply take the hand of the one who has promised to be better than a light for us all, and you will make it safely through what­ever your tun­nel may be.

1. Min­nie Louise Hask­ins (1875–1957)

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