When my children were little we went through various forms of night lights in their rooms. We had the ‘ol faithfuls that simply plugged into an outlet with one bulb and would provide just enough of a glow to chase away the monsters under their beds. At some point we moved to the closet light, leaving it on all night with the closet door cracked so that a stream of light would fight off bad dreams. My children, like most, had a healthy fear of the dark and needed some form of light to feel protected until the morning sunshine would illuminate their rooms and surround them in safety.
Now that I’m “older,” and I get up once or twice a night (So annoying. Seriously.) I have my own night light so that I don’t bang into furniture or trip over a rug. I mean who has time for a midnight run to the E.R. with a broken arm?
Without a light – however small it may be – I will stumble around in total darkness with no direction, where nothing can be seen, fear will creep into my spirit and my mind will race to imaginative “monsters” in the room. No one wants to physically live in darkness. Light deprivation depression is a real syndrome, where the absence of light causes significant changes in the brain leading to long periods of sadness, gloomy outlooks and an overall inability to lift oneself out of the well of depression.
So no one wants to live that way, right? No one wants to physically live in darkness. Yet how many people around us are living in spiritual darkness? How many people stumble through life, running into obstacles, living in fear and letting the monsters under the bed take over their lives? Living in spiritual darkness means you rely solely on yourself for all the wisdom and discernment you need to make day to day decisions as you react to what life throws your way.
No thank you. I’m not that bright.
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
I’ve read this passage in Psalms so many times but this morning I really sat down and thought about what it is like to not have any physical light and how those feelings parallel to the lack of spiritual light.
God’s word is the spiritual light we need to illuminate our daily paths. Scripture helps us see potential stumbling blocks. Being in the Word helps us to fight off attacks from the enemy (which happen every single day, in ways we can’t see coming!) and have confidence that no matter what this day brings we can overcome it with peace and joy as we trust in God’s promises.
But you gotta read God’s Word to know what those promises are…
So here’s my encouragement for you today. Take a few minutes to find a Scripture reading plan for the year. Some of my favorites are the One Year Bible found here: One Year Bible or a topical plan from Sweet Blessings which you can download here: Sweet Blessings. A reading plan exists just for you, no matter your current circumstances.
Read, be fortified in the Word so that when you bump into unexpected “pieces of furniture” or you feel a “monster in the room” you see them clearly, with the light of Scripture fighting off fear and guiding every step of your way.