I’ve been thinking a lot about the Sunlit Path the past few weeks. In many ways I’ve been resigned for quite some time to the fact that I just don’t have the time to post here much anymore, ever since returning to work full-time and experiencing all the craziness that comes along with working for a start-up.
But I’ve been involved in a neighborhood Bible study since the beginning of this year, and it has been such a blessing to me. I’ve appreciated meeting with a group of women who have also been craving the fellowship of others, digging into scripture, and seeking to understand how it applies to our lives as wives, mothers, grandmothers, employees, or volunteers. Hearing the perspectives of others on a passage of scripture can be so helpful in illuminating its meaning in our own minds and hearts.
One recent passage we studied really resonated with me, because it reminded me so much of the underlying idea Kate and I had when we were first dreaming up this blog. A few weeks ago, we were studying John 1:1-9 and 8:12. In these verses, there were many references to Jesus as the Light:
“In him was life, and that life was the light of mankind.” – John 1:4
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” – John 8:12
Before we met as a group, I spent time on my own reading the verses. I wanted to step back and think of light and darkness in the most simple terms:
We know that light allows us to see, while darkness prevents us from seeing.
Most of us will search for a light when it’s dark, hoping that we’ll be able to see the way in front of us when we find one. If we fumble around, unable to find a light, we know what usually happens: We can’t see the way ahead; we might trip, stumble, or fall.
As I reflected on these verses each day, the word “guide” kept coming to mind. If Jesus is our Light, then He is also our Guide, right? He will illuminate our path and help prevent us from stumbling around in the darkness.
At a time when it feels like so much darkness surrounds us, I’m feeling more than ever how important it is to keep the Light (my Guide) near me at all times, holding on to it tightly, so that the darkness doesn’t overtake me.
The darkness exists right there on the edges of the path, and I have often wandered down side paths that may seem in line with my Guide’s intent at first, but as the light faded the further I ventured on my own, I began to realize that I must have strayed too far. At some point I stopped keeping my eyes firmly affixed to the Source of the Light and trusted my own vision, short-sighted as it is.
These past few months I have been reminded yet again that the more time I spend studying the Word—holding tight and keeping my eyes fixed on the Light—the less likely I am to wander off-path.