"Your Word is a lamp onto my feet and a light onto my path."  Psalm 119:105

My family camps every summer in northern Wisconsin, especially during the month of August – so we can view the Perseid meteor showers. To see the meteor showers unobstructed (from the trees in our campsite), we will either drive to the tower in the park and climb to the top (dangerous in the dark) or hike to the lake on a path through the woods and set up our lounge chairs on the shoreline. Gazing up at all those stars is breathtakingly beautiful – and seeing shooting stars is the icing on the cake!

But hiking in the woods at night can be challenging. We can’t rely on the moon to light the way because the tree canopy obstructs the moonlight’s ability to filter down onto the hiking path and the presence of moonlight, itself, dims our ability to see the meteor showers. We need a flashlight!

A flashlight aids our nighttime walks in 5 ways. 1) We shine it far ahead of us (down the hiking trail) – so we can see which direction to walk. 2) We shine it in front of us – so we do not wander off the path. 3) We shine it in the dark areas of the forest alongside of us – to warn us of the presence of any animals nearby foraging for food (especially the raccoons and skunks that have lost their fear of man). 4) We shine it down at our feet – so that we don’t trip over the rocks and tree roots that obstruct the path. 5) We shine it directly behind our feet and onto the obstacles that we just avoided – so those hikers who are following us will not trip over what we just avoided.

The Word of God is the flashlight of our lives. 1) It illumines the path before us – so we know which way to go to get to heaven (Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life – follow Him by trusting in Him alone for salvation!) 2) It illumines the path in front of us – to keep us from wandering off His path by the cares, worries, and distractions of life. 3) It illumines the path beside us – to warn us of the presence of false prophets and evil forces that would deceive and harm us, by causing us to doubt God and despair of life. 4) It illumines the path beneath us – so we can avoid any obstacle that either hinders our walk with God or causes us to trip up and fall into sin. 5) We use it to illumine the path of those who follow us in this life (family, friends, etc.) – so they can know the Way to God, so they can recognize false teaching, and so they can avoid the snare of sin or any obstacle that may hinder their walk with God.

So follow the ‘Light of the World’ by trusting in Him! Live in the Light of His Word!
Let His Light shine in and through you – as you hike the path of life! Happy trails!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace!

By Helen H. Lemmel 1922 – Public Domain

Karen Duchesneau
Milwaukee Metro South Circuit