I love to go outside at night. There is a calm and a peace that flows over me as I immerse myself in the darkness. My time as a Girl Scout taught me to be prepared, so I never go without a source of light to guide my steps.
As a kid, a flashlight provided many hours of fun for me and my brother. Shine it through your hand, under your chin, up in the air and out at a distance. Although we didn’t realize it at the time, there were scientific as well as valuable life lessons happening as we played.
When we shined the light at our feet there was a strong, clear ring of light guiding out next step. But, if the beam of light is directed out into the darkness, it fades into nothingness. There is no direction or warning of a misstep ahead.
Life is filled with unknowns. How do we know for sure that we are making the right decision? Jesus, teaching at the synagogue, shocked the Jewish people with his knowledge. They wondered aloud how he knew so much when he had not been taught. Jesus replied:
My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own.John 7:16-17
As I stay close to God through reading scripture, praying and then listening I am taking the first step in doing the will of God. I am doing my part to maintain the relationship, I am sensitive to what happens around me and I can see the light guiding the way. God’s path is always the best path. He will only guide me to what is best for me and that path reflects the credit back to him. THIS, is my circle of life.