I often think back to my younger days, growing up in New York. My Dad had a workshop, it was nestled over a hill and down in the woods away from the house. Many evenings I found myself in that workshop building all kinds of creations.
In the winter months I would fire up the woodstove and often get lost in the cozy comfort. But then the time would come to lock up and head to the house. I always dreaded this part. Once I turned out the shop lights it was pitch dark, and I could not see the lights of the house.
My young mind imagined all the terrible things waiting for me in the cold dark night. So as soon as I turned off the lights and locked the door it was a wide open sprint through the woods and up the hill. I did not slow until I reached the house and got within the glow of the lights. Then I knew I would be safe.
Does this not closely resemble the life of a believer? To have a way of escape from that which terrifies us. Someone we can run to in our times of troubles. If I can just be in the light of the Lord’s love, in his hand I shall not fear. It brings to mind the twenty-third Psalm, when David put it so well saying, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
King David experienced challenges in life, of being troubled, of making mistakes and allowing the darkness of sin into his life. But he found comfort in the Lord, and he sang praise of it again in Psalm 18, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised …”
Today it is not the light from the house that I run to for safety, but rather “the light of the world”.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” – John 8:12
I wandered so aimless,
life filled with sin,
I wouldn't let my dear savior in.
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night,
No more darkness, no more night.
Now I'm so happy no sorrow in sight,
Praise the Lord, I saw the light!!!