Imagine you woke up one morning and instead of the sunlight breaking through your window, like you’ve grown accustomed to, all you encounter is darkness. How would you navigate your world? Your living area is familiar, so you could probably adapt to find your way around that space. What about the space outside what is comfortable? How would you reach the grocery store, work, or church? Would you stay stationary and hope that one day your world would have light again? Or would you begin to walk and wander - risking potential harm and danger?
I’ve had a real-life experience like this. I participated in a simulation in Rio de Janeiro, my sight was taken from me and I was challenged to navigate various unfamiliar environments. I spent the next hour and a half running into other people, tripping over random obstacles in my path, bumping against barriers, and using my hands and feet to help form a sense of reality and space. After the simulation was over, it was clear to me that if I had a small flashlight or candle, the majority of my mistakes and errors wouldn’t have occurred.
This is not the first time God had given his people visible indicators to follow and lead them where He needed them to go. In
God illuminated the path of both the Wise Men and Israelites, leading them with light towards His calling and away from the danger of Pharaoh and Herod. I sit and ask the Lord, where are my clear lights? Why am I not given true visible indicators and dramatic signs to help my sense of direction? Where is my protection from dangers and darkness? How do I shift from a life in darkness, like the one I experienced in the simulation, to following the light when I do not have observable luminosity?
I am provided with a clear and concise answer.