Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet

Hopping in my little black car Thursday morning, it was absolutely beautiful outside. The sun was just starting to rise over the horizon. It was about 7:30am, and I was headed in for another busy, busy day at work. I knew that day would be the calm before the storm (snowmaggeden was on its way that night), so I started the engine, popped on a little Joel Osteen to begin my morning, and was on my way.

My commute to work is about 30 minutes one way, and usually I don’t mind it. The drive is actually very soothing, and especially beautiful during the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. Winter, on the other hand, is a whole different story! But, I digress.

I was running a little late that day as traffic was a little heavier than normal, plus the stop lights were totally not on my side! I was getting a little frustrated because I knew I wasn’t going to make it in by 8am, but I sure was going to try! I made the turn onto route 12, a straight path to my work, but with a lot of twists, turns, and winding paths along the way.

As soon as I turned onto that road, it was like a massive cloud explosion hit. The sun was gone, and fog, everywhere. I literally could only see maybe a few feet in front of me. Other than that, white totally encompassed me. I slowed my speed  and that’s when a somewhat epiphany hit me.

Note: during my commute to and from work, I always use that time to decompress and began and end my day with peace. I put on Joel Osteen’s podcast, or my anti-anxiety, stress-free music. They always give me such positive encouragement. 

At this point, I began to think. My drive became more foggy the farther along I traveled, but then, one of my all-time favorite Bible verses came into my mind:

Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

It’s such a beautiful psalm, and an equally beautiful song created by Christian singer, Amy Grant. It really struck a chord with me that day, though I’ve heard it many times before.

God only gives us enough light for that specific moment. Then, you take that next step, and God gives you light for the step after that.

We, as humans, have the tendency to want to look into a crystal ball and see our entire life path. We want to control every single moment of our entire lives. (Not gonna lie, as someone who likes to plan, this would be ideal.) But, logically we know that’s impossible. Still, we fight for control, we fight to get all the answers we can possibly get, and inevitably drive ourselves CRAZY trying to figure it all out!

But, the best news is…wait for it, we don’t have to figure it all out. We don’t need to see the big picture. We don’t have to look into the future to seek answers. We don’t need to fight to plan our lives. Mic drop.

We have a God, a Heavenly Father that has done all of that for us! We have a God who sacrificed His own Son so that we could be free. All we need to do is simply be still and trust, and keep our feet firm in the Word of God.

God has shown us all that His way is the best way. The only way. His word illuminates our path. His word guides us and sends us on our way. {Now, I’m not saying that we should just sit around and do nothing. God does want some work from us!}

The fog that morning opened my eyes to how I view my life. I’m a bit of a Type A planner, and literally, nothing in my life has gone to how I “planned” it in my mind. It has however, gone the way it was destined to.

I spent majority of my life planning, questioning, and comparing myself to others. I spent so much wasted time and energy on wishing I were like others, and wishing that I could see what my life held for me.

Not going to lie, I still do this, but I’ve become better and stronger at channeling my Faith, instead of the negative thoughts that the enemy likes to flood my mind with.

Ultimately, we are walkers through the city of this world, and more often than not, we are called to walk in darkness. Thankfully, we are always given enough light to keep our footing steady. Let us use the Word of God as a flaming torch to light our paths as we walk in our day-to-day journey.

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