“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
I love forests – with paths that wind their way through tall trees, or gullies full of ferns. Whether it be the warm and humid rainforests, or the cool temperate forests we have near my home, I feel at peace in the forest–with time to listen to the sounds and observe all that goes on there. I’ve loved having guided walks where an expert shows me all the thing I might otherwise miss.
I remember walking through an ancient beech forest where the fine leaves of the trees had formed a carpet that seemed to muffle even the sounds of our footsteps. It was so peaceful that you could believe you had stepped back in time to an earlier time when these trees covered more of our earth.
My calendar this month has a photo of the light shining onto the path, through the tall trees that would sometimes block out that light. As I looked at the photo and how beautiful it was, I thought it reminds me that even during the times when I feel like I’m wandering in a forest, maybe far from the sunshine and it seems dark and maybe even cold, there is still the light of God shining into wherever I am.
This Psalm talks about God’s word being a light for our paths and how often we need that light to guide our footsteps and show us the way to go.
Even when I may feel trapped in a life that I didn’t ask for and sometimes find hard to understand, like the light shining through the trees in my picture, God’s light and His love are still able to shine into my life. Around the next corner, there could be a clearing where the light is even brighter, I just need to keep trusting that God is in control.
Prayer: Father, as I walk the paths of my life, may Your word light my way and guide me in the way I need to go. Thank you that Your light can penetrate even my darkest days.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is grateful that God lights her path and guides her way, as she lives with the challenge of chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.