Have you ever been on a trip and gotten lost?
Have you encountered weather so bad that you were afraid to continue on the journey?
This year has been an interesting journey with bad weather and daunting detours. We experienced a global pandemic affecting many close to us. There was a contentious election. Racial tensions with unprecedented rioting and violence shook the fabric of America. There’s been plenty to fear and many reasons to fear.
Several years ago, I went on a fishing trip with a group of good friends. The first day, we had great fun visiting and fishing. As we fished, laughed and reminisced, we didn’t notice the sun setting on the horizon. Before we knew it, it was dark. The moon offered very little light against the dark waters. We found ourselves several miles away from our dock with nothing but the water gently lapping the sides of our small boat. We had limited fuel, a flashlight, whistle, map and a compass — it was not the ideal situation and it was scary.
How would we find our way back without light to guide us? Could we navigate the lake safely without hitting anything?
Using the flashlight sparingly, we stayed on course slowing down to avoid large rocks and trees arising like monsters in the night. It was intense! One wrong move and we would have been in the water. I still recall the feeling of relief when we finally rounded the last bend and saw the lights of home on the dock about a mile away. Just knowing that we would make it back safely was a great weight off of us all.
On this journey I couldn’t help but remember that Jesus was with us. Jesus, The Son of God, is the One True Light worth following.
Just as we made our way toward the lights on the dock my faith in Jesus swelled within me. I knew that this baby boy, born in a Bethlehem stable more than 2,000 years ago remains God’s Way shining His Heavenly Light to lead us home to God.
Jesus IS the Light of the World!
Jesus told His disciples, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
written by GraceMed’s Pastor Stephen Slack
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