I recently wanted to try running early in the morning, before the sun came up. That required me to run with a reflective vest. I wear the vest to make sure cars can see me when their headlights shine upon me. I have a special interest in the cars seeing me, so they don’t hit me. Because the streets are very dark early in the morning in Lancaster, I also wore a headlamp on my forehead. The headlamp only illuminated a few feet in front of me, but it gave me the confidence to know where I was placing my foot. I was particularly interested in placing my foot on solid ground and not in a pothole.
I noticed I was not able to see more than a few feet in front of me…just enough to take my next step. A bit scary from time to time because I could only see such a very short distance in front of me. But each step took me closer to the mileage I want to run. Each step took me eventually to the finish line.
I’m amazed at how many people want to see their entire future before they commit to anything new or scary. They want to see the finish line before they commit to taking their next step, or any step. And because of that, it’s very easy to become paralyzed with fear and never move. Or at least, because they can’t see far enough ahead, they have difficulty in making wise decisions for their future.
Jesus 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). Jesus was declaring He is the very presence of God with us. He was establishing to us that He IS the light of the world. I don’t like it, but I’ve noticed God generally only gives me my next step. One step at a time. Not the whole journey. Scary, but when I’m faithful to take my next step in the dark, He then gives me my next step to take. He leads me to the finish line.
My prayer for you today is to trust the light of the world, Jesus. He will give you your next step. My advice to you is to take that step.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)