Your Light Can Guide Another

I had been there a dozen times…but I had always navigated by the ease of daylight.  This time I was unable to leave at the same time as my two friends (Nathan and Matt).  They had gone to our remote camping spot earlier that day and I was driving up separately very late at night.  The road has a series of Y turns and a few of them are hard to distinguish.  I must have taken a right when I should have taken a left…but I didn’t know that yet.

Minutes later I found what looked like ‘the property’.  It is a gorgeous piece of land owned by my friend Holt.  I knew my car wouldn’t make it down to the creek so I looked for a spot to park up the hill that would be out of the way. As I turned off the headlights in my car I realized how dark it was…I also realized I didn’t bring my flashlight.  I was un-prepared to navigate the dark path down to Big Creek to our campsite.  I began the journey anyway…

40 minutes later I began to realize I had taken a wrong turn while in the car and possibly a few more wrong turns on foot.  I was lost.  It was dark.  I needed help.  After another hour I began to panic.  I thought if I could just find the creek then maybe I could navigate it to our campsite. I also hoped that they had a lantern or a fire-light that I could pick up.  I found the creek the hard way…by sliding down an embankment and plunging into the frigid water (did I mention it was early spring?).  Now cold and still concerned, I began franticly to hope for help.  

It came as I was looking between dark trees and hear sounds of strange animals.  First, it was a small flicker and then it was a flame.  Next I saw a lantern.  I called out to see if it was my group.  They couldn’t yet hear me from the distance with the sound of the creek flowing.  I began to run.  I could make out shapes…it was them!  Being a proud man, I slowed down and took a breath and tried to regain a stiff upper lip so my friends wouldn’t laugh at me…but I was so thankful that their light had shown me the way!

Jesus said it this way: Matthew 5: 14 "You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

All over the world, people are in dark situations and in desperate need of the light…the light that is within you if you follow Jesus.  You may be in need of the light today.  If so, here is the story of God’s love for you!

Shine on!