Lighting the way

You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.  ~Arlo Guthrie

As you know from my recent Project 64 and Creative Exchange entries, Tanner and I wandered into the newest part of our neighborhood on one of our evening walks last week. There are a few houses here and there, but most of the lots are not yet sold. However, when you reach the end of this section, it’s a dead end. Not a cul-de-sac…A. Dead. End. With woods on three sides…and a street light. This new section is the only part of the neighborhood that has street lights and, as far as I can tell, none of them are hooked up…except this one.

As dusk was taking over, I stood there looking at its bright lamp against the woods in front of me. And I wondered why the only working light was in an area with absolutely no home construction close by. And then it hit me….why for blog fodder, of course! Good thing I had my trusty Evo 4G camera phone.

Have you ever found yourself on a dead end road, with darkness closing in around you…and thinking it would be pretty darn beneficial to have a way to light your way home?

How about in life? Has your life ever felt like a dead end… or a series of dead ends….with dusk quickly turning into darkness? Mine has on numerous occasions. It’s so easy to lose our way when wandering around in the dark, hoping we’re headed in the right direction. We need a light. A bright light to pierce the darkness and show us the way we should go.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. ~Psalm 119:105

We all have a light that can dispel the darkness in our lives. A light that can shine on us and through us. But, some of us just aren’t hooked up.

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.  ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Dark times are present in everyone’s life. Rarely do we never experience darkness in our lives. There can be a darkness in our thoughts; a darkness in our souls; a darkness that robs us of the ability to see clearly and make wise decisions. It’s inevitable. And we end up stumbling around, hitting our shins on furniture and falling over the dog.

But this state of mind can also be temporary. Even in the darkest dark, we need only to fumble around and find the switch inside ourselves that will turn on the light. Only then can we see the dangers we need to avoid. Only then can we clearly find our way out of the darkness.

Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God.  ~Augustine






5 thoughts on “Lighting the way

  1. Sorry if this is a duplicate comment–I think the first one was eaten.

    I love the image and message Lisa.

    Being grounded and remembering that darkness is only temporary when we know who loves us is truly the Way.


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