Thrive 365 April: A Light Unto Our Path

By: Garret Larsen

Posted: 4.21.20

The last 6 weeks in the life of our country have been hard. There’s no sugarcoating it. People are getting sick all over the country, schools are canceled for the year, and we had to make the difficult decision to cancel Camp for Summer 2020.

Even in the midst of great uncertainty, I know and trust that the Lord can do a mighty work through this pandemic. Lately I have been finding comfort in God’s word, and more than ever, we are being called to trust Him, even when we don’t know exactly what lies ahead.

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

The imagery of this verse has always struck me. It equates God’s word as being a lamp for our feet. If you’ve ever been walking in the dark with a lamp (or small flashlight), it gives off light and guides your steps…but only enough for a step or two in front of you. You can’t see the full path that lies ahead or even the final destination. You also can’t take off on a sprint when you have lamp light, because you can’t see the obstacles in front of you.

God never promised to give us the entire plan or blueprint for our lives (as much as we’d like to have it sometimes), but His word can give us guidance for the step that is right in front of us.

My challenge to you during this time of uncertainty, is to take small steps of faith with your family. Maybe that looks like praying before meals, praying with your spouse, talking about things you are thankful for each night at dinner, setting an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to pray throughout the day, or reading a chapter of the Bible each day and talking about it with your kids.

                                        Talk about it

When you think of the word trust, what comes to mind?

What is hard for you about not seeing the whole path or picture?

What is a small step of faith we can take as a family?

Pray together: Lord thank you for your word and the way it teaches us and guides us. Help us to take small steps of faith during this time and give us the grace we need each day. In your name we pray, amen.