articlesqa September 17, 2016 where is my light
Kearsten Eleyinafe Article by Kearsten EleyinafeAuthor at

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.

Matthew 2:9-10 in­tro­duces us to God lead­ing the Wise Men to Beth­le­hem where the Sav­ior was await­ing. Vers­es 9 and 10 read, “Af­ter lis­ten­ing to the king, they went on their way. And be­hold, the star that they had seen when it rose went be­fore them un­til it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star they re­joiced ex­ceed­ing­ly with great joy.” Af­ter the Wise Men of­fered their trea­sures to Je­sus, they are warned in a dream not to re­turn to Herod with the news be­cause of the ill-in­ten­tions of the king.

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 Ex­o­dus 13:21-22, God was lead­ing the Is­raelites from the slav­ery and bondage of Egypt and Pharaoh to­wards the Promised Land. Vers­es 21 and 22 say: “And the Lord went be­fore them by day in a pil­lar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pil­lar of fire to give them light, that they might trav­el by day and by night. The pil­lar of cloud by day and the pil­lar of fire by night did not de­part from be­fore the peo­ple.”

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. Psalm 119:105 states, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light unto my path.” The Lord has pro­vid­ed us with a tool to nav­i­gate this world of dark­ness, His word. This in­stru­ment equips us with the pow­er to not rely on our own hands and feet to form a sense of re­al­i­ty and space. I am not meant to live a life sim­i­lar to the one I was ex­posed to in the sim­u­la­tion - lost, wan­der­ing, and in po­ten­tial dan­ger. When we in­vest the time to­wards seek­ing the truths giv­en to us in Scrip­ture, the Lord pro­vides an­swers. His an­swers pro­vide di­rec­tion­al­i­ty to nav­i­gate the dark­ness we en­counter in the world. We don’t have to rely on our own abil­i­ties or works. All we have to do is in­vest in His Word, as we’ve been in­struct­ed - this is our pil­lar of fire, our guid­ing star.

There is a great book by a broth­er in whose fam­i­ly I do not de­serve to be­long called The Cost of Dis­ci­ple­ship. The book lays out what we eas­i­ly for­get as The Church of Je­sus Christ: the cost of dis­ci­ple­ship is de­nial of one­self so that I can be like Je­sus Christ. We lay down our lives be­cause He Laid down His Own. He Of­fers us His Body and Blood and we of­fer to Him our body and blood. The cost of dis­ci­ple­ship is the price of love. Even when the price is high, it is an easy de­ci­sion. So please go and read The Cost of Dis­ci­ple­ship by broth­er Di­et­rich Bon­ho­ef­fer. These se­ries of ar­ti­cles deal with dis­c...
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