One night, after dark, I took a short walk through the woods to the pond behind our house to pray about some decisions. As I stood on the frozen pond, I thought about how the Lord leads us, and God brought two verses to mind: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalms 27:1; 119:105). The word light jumped out of verses to me.
On my way back I followed a path in the snow very carefully. I was unfamiliar with our woods, and without my flashlight to show me the path, I would have been lost. There were branches and logs in the way. Sometimes the path was wide and open, and sometimes it was narrow, and I had to duck to avoid overhanging limbs. All I could see was the next step, but as I took that step, the next one became visible. This experience is like my spiritual walk. The world is dark, and there are many dangers that I cannot see, but Jesus is my Light. He has gone before me and gives me light to see His footsteps. As I let Him light my path, I can see the next step to take. I may not see the next kilometer of steps, but I do not need to see those to follow Him one step at a time. Making decisions is like this too. God wants me to take the step He has shown me in faith and to trust Him to show me the next step in His time.
The words to one of my favorite hymns summarizes this lesson well: “Wherever He may guide me, no want shall turn me back; my Shepherd is beside me, and nothing can I lack. His wisdom ever waketh, His sight is never dim; He knows the way He taketh, and I will walk with Him” (SDA Hymnal, number 513).